4 Replies Latest reply on Jul 22, 2011 9:06 AM by lundholmster

    How to over-provision an Intel SSD320 for use in a Dell H700-based RAID Array

    ian_a_anderson

      I would like to set up a RAID10 array of 6 Intel SSD 320 SSDs, but over-provision them to enhance their performance and duration as per the Intel PDF:
      http://cache-www.intel.com/cd/00/00/45/95/459555_459555.pdf

       

      Unfortunately it appears that the SSD Toolbox does not provide an easy method for adjusting the spare area on these drives. In the above PDF Intel mentions 2 third-party tools (HDPARM and HDAT2) to use to manually issue the SATA SET_MAX_ADDRESS command to alter the spare area. I tried HDAT2, but the boot ISO doesn't see the drives behind the PERC raid controller.

       

      I was hoping for a solution that won't involve manually putting the drives into a spare PC to adjust this setting. Is there any easier way to accomplish this task? Is it as simple as configuring the RAID to use less than the total drive space during setup?