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Setting up Raid5 on S2600cp4


I am setting up Raid5 on a S2600cp4 do you suggest setting it up in Intel RSTe or ESRT2 using a RAID C600 Upgrade Key RKSATA8R5? Also any tips on setup would be helpful.

Tried using RSTe, set up raid5, booted and tried to install server 2012.

It could not find the drives at first, I pointed it to the driver and then it found the array,

Then it could not set up partitions for installation and I am stuck.

The system is a P4308CP4MHEN. I am using three SATA WD 2 TB enterprise drives.

Any advice will help I am a new at setting up raid drives.


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To boot from a volume greater than 2TB, you may need to enable "EFI Optimized Boot" in BIOS.

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Here is the hardware


Intel S2600CP4 system board


Intel P4000 chassis


Intel Xeon E5-2620 CPU (dual)


Intel Raid c600 rksata8r5


64gb Kingston DDR3 ECC 1600 memory


3 X 2tb Western digital enterprise (RAID 5)



Bios is updated to the latest version



Set up raid 5 in intel ESRT2 RAID by pressing ctrl+e


Initialized the raid and set the drive to boot



Made a flash drive to boot in EFI for setup of server 2012 standard.



Set the bios to boot into EFI



Start install from usb enter the code for windows


I install esrt2 driver from flash drive


I use shift+f10 to enter the prompt


Dispart, select disk, clean, convert gpt, set partition primary, format fs=ntfs.


Attempt to install windows and get an error that it can not install to this drive because I need to "enable disk controller in bios"


I have set up the bios to use the Raid controller




ACHI Capable SATA Controller: [RAID Mode]


AHCI HDD Staggered Spin-Up: [Disabled]


AHCI Capable RAID Options: [INTEL (R) ESRT2 (LSI*)]


SAS/SATA Capable Controller [INTEL (R) ESRT2 (LSI*)]



It is as if when I boot into EFI windows no longer sees the drives properly.
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Unfortunately ESRT2 doesn't support UEFI boot. You'll need to create a VD less than 2TB for OS installation, and you can create a second VD using the remaining capacity for data storage.

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