12 Replies Latest reply on Jul 26, 2016 6:38 AM by ryanmonk

    No 'Increase Size' Option for RAID 5 Array in RST - Why is this missing?

    nowayman

      I have an old RAID 5 array on an ICHR10 chipset that was originally configured with 4 250Gb drives.  Over time I've had three of the four drives fail, the most recent of which happened after I'd upgraded the OS to Win8 (note that the boot partition is on an SSD, the RAID array is a separate partition for user data).  In the past when I replaced the 250Gb drives with 500Gb drives, I was able to expand the size of the volume in RST, then increase the partition size in Windows Disk Management; however, this option in RST is not available in the last go-around when I replaced a drive that failed with one of larger capacity.

       

      The specifics are this:  Array was (2) 500Gb drives and (2) 250Gb drives, with a total indicated space of roughly 700Mb, this being split into two partitions in Windows.  I've just replaced a failed 250Gb drive, and allowed RST to rebuild the array, now with (3) 500Gb drives and (1) 250Gb drive.  When in RST, under manage, I click on the full Array box, the size is indicated as being 953,899Mb - this is what I expect.  And when I click on the old RAID 5 volume on that array, the size is 715,417Mb, same as it was in the past before the last drive failure and replacement.

       

      The issue is that nowhere in the RST interface can I find the option to expand the size of the existing RAID 5 volume; the RST help clearly indicates that I should simply:

      1.Under 'Status' or 'Manage', in the Storage System View, click the volume whose size you want to increase. The volume properties are now displayed on the left.
      2.Click 'Increase size'.
      3.Click 'Yes' to confirm. Caution: Once the data migration starts, the operation cannot be canceled.
      4.Once the migration has completed, restart your computer for changes to take effect. Then use Windows* Disk Management to increase the partition size on the volumes or add another partition.

      This 'Increase size' link is not present.  I'm confident that it was there in the past, as I expanded the original 500Mb volume to 700Mb after replacing the first two failed drives.  Lastly, I also checked the boot-time utility, and this shows the drives but does have any option to expand the size of the array or volume.

       

      Is there a reason that the Increase Size option is missing in the RST interface?

        • 1. Re: No 'Increase Size' Option for RAID 5 Array in RST - Why is this missing?

          What is your Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology version?

          what is your operating system?

          • 2. Re: No 'Increase Size' Option for RAID 5 Array in RST - Why is this missing?
            nowayman

            The system is running Windows 8 Pro 32-bit, and RST 11.6.0.1030.  The System Report generated from the RST Help pages looks like this:

             

            System Report

             

            System Information

            OS name:  Microsoft Windows 8 Pro

            OS version:  6.2.9200 9200

            System name:  MAINPC

            System manufacturer:  Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.

            System model:  EP45-UD3R

            Processor:  GenuineIntel x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 2 1.8  GHz

            BIOS:  Award Software International, Inc., F9

             

            Intel® Rapid Storage Technology enterprise Information

            Kit installed:  11.6.0.1030

            User interface version:  11.6.0.1030

            Language:  English (United States)

            RAID option ROM version:  8.0.0.1039

            Driver version:  11.6.0.1030

            ISDI version:  11.6.0.1030

             

            Storage System Information

            RAID Configuration

             

            Array Name:  SATA_Array_0000

            Size:  953,899 MB

            Available space:  8 MB

            Number of volumes:  1

            Volume member:  ROOT_Raid5

            Number of array disks:  4

            Array disk:  WD-WCAYU8441715

            Array disk:  WD-WCAYU8413346

            Array disk:  WD-WCC2ES757325

            Array disk:  WD-WCANK5988293

            Disk data cache:  Enabled

             

            Volume name:  ROOT_Raid5

            Status:  Normal

            Type:  RAID 5

            Size:  715,417 MB

            System volume:  No

            Data stripe size:  64 KB

            Write-back cache:  Enabled

            Initialized:  Yes 

            Parity errors:  4

            Blocks with media errors:  0

            Physical sector size:  512 Bytes

            Logical sector size:  512 Bytes

             

            Hardware Information

             

            Controller name:  Intel(R) Desktop/Workstation/Server Express Chipset SATA RAID Controller

            Type:  SATA

            Mode:  RAID

            Number of SATA ports:  6

            Number of volumes:  1

            Volume:  ROOT_Raid5

            Number of spares:  0

            Number of available disks:  1

            Rebuild on Hot Plug:  Disabled

            Manufacturer:  32902

            Model number:  10274

            Product revision:  0

            Direct attached disk:  WD-WCAYU8441715

            Direct attached disk:  WD-WCAYU8413346

            Direct attached disk:  WD-WCC2ES757325

            Direct attached disk:  WD-WCANK5988293

            Direct attached disk:  CVMP229001RF120BGN

             

            Disk on Controller 0, Port 0

            Status:  Normal

            Type:  SATA disk

            Location type:  Internal

            Usage:  Array disk

            Size:  466 GB

            System disk:  No

            Disk data cache:  Enabled

            Command queuing:  NCQ

            SATA transfer rate: 3 Gb/s

            Model:  WDC WD5000AAKX-001CA0                  

            Serial number:  WD-WCAYU8441715

            SCSI device ID:  0

            Firmware:  15.01H15

            Physical sector size:  512 Bytes

            Logical sector size:  512 Bytes

             

            Disk on Controller 0, Port 1

            Status:  Normal

            Type:  SATA disk

            Location type:  Internal

            Usage:  Array disk

            Size:  466 GB

            System disk:  No

            Disk data cache:  Enabled

            Command queuing:  NCQ

            SATA transfer rate: 3 Gb/s

            Model:  WDC WD5000AAKX-001CA0                  

            Serial number:  WD-WCAYU8413346

            SCSI device ID:  1

            Firmware:  15.01H15

            Physical sector size:  512 Bytes

            Logical sector size:  512 Bytes

             

            Disk on Controller 0, Port 2

            Status:  Normal

            Type:  SATA disk

            Location type:  Internal

            Usage:  Array disk

            Size:  466 GB

            System disk:  No

            Disk data cache:  Enabled

            Command queuing:  NCQ

            SATA transfer rate: 3 Gb/s

            Model:  WDC WD5000AAKX-00ERMA0                 

            Serial number:  WD-WCC2ES757325

            SCSI device ID:  2

            Firmware:  15.01H15

            Physical sector size:  512 Bytes

            Logical sector size:  512 Bytes

             

            Disk on Controller 0, Port 3

            Status:  Normal

            Type:  SATA disk

            Location type:  Internal

            Usage:  Array disk

            Size:  233 GB

            System disk:  No

            Disk data cache:  Enabled

            Command queuing:  None

            SATA transfer rate: 3 Gb/s

            Model:  WDC WD2500KS-00MJB0                    

            Serial number:  WD-WCANK5988293

            SCSI device ID:  3

            Firmware:  02.01C03

            Physical sector size:  512 Bytes

            Logical sector size:  512 Bytes

             

            Disk on Controller 0, Port 4

            Status:  Normal

            Type:  SATA SSD

            Location type:  Internal

            Usage:  Available

            Size:  112 GB

            System disk:  Yes 

            Disk data cache:  Enabled

            Command queuing:  NCQ

            SATA transfer rate: 3 Gb/s

            Model:  INTEL SSDSC2CT120A3                  

            Serial number:  CVMP229001RF120BGN

            SCSI device ID:  4

            Firmware:  300i

            Physical sector size:  512 Bytes

            Logical sector size:  512 Bytes

             

            ATAPI device on Controller 0, Port 5

            Location type:  Internal

            SATA transfer rate: 1.5 Gb/s

            Model:  ASUS DVD-E616A3T                    

            Serial number:  Not Available

            Firmware:  1.12

            • 3. Re: No 'Increase Size' Option for RAID 5 Array in RST - Why is this missing?

              I recommend you get the latest version of the Intel Rapid Storage Technology from the link below:

               

              https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=22194&ProdId=2101&lang=eng&OSVersion=Windows%208*&DownloadType=Drivers

               

              Try again the increase Size option, if is missing, or not working, then contact back with results.

              • 4. Re: No 'Increase Size' Option for RAID 5 Array in RST - Why is this missing?
                nowayman

                I updated to the latest version, 11.7.0.1013, but still do not see the 'Increase Size' option for either the array or the volume:

                 

                Array.PNGVolume.PNG

                Here is the new System Report:

                System Report

                System Information
                OS name:  Microsoft Windows 8 Pro
                OS version:  6.2.9200  9200
                System name:  MAINPC
                System manufacturer:  Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
                System model:  EP45-UD3R
                Processor:  GenuineIntel x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 2 1.8  GHz
                BIOS:  Award Software International, Inc., F9

                Intel® Rapid Storage Technology enterprise Information
                Kit installed:  11.7.0.1013
                User interface version:  11.7.0.1013
                Language:  English (United States)
                RAID option ROM version:  8.0.0.1039
                Driver version:  11.7.0.1013
                ISDI version:  11.7.0.1013

                Storage System Information
                RAID Configuration

                Array Name:  SATA_Array_0000
                Size:  953,899 MB
                Available space:  8 MB
                Number of volumes:  1
                Volume member:  ROOT_Raid5
                Number of array disks:  4
                Array disk:  WD-WCAYU8441715
                Array disk:  WD-WCAYU8413346
                Array disk:  WD-WCC2ES757325
                Array disk:  WD-WCANK5988293
                Disk data cache:  Enabled

                Volume name:  ROOT_Raid5
                Status:  Normal
                Type:  RAID 5
                Size:  715,417 MB
                System volume:  No
                Data stripe size:  64 KB
                Write-back cache:  Enabled
                Initialized:  Yes 
                Parity errors:  4
                Blocks with media errors:  0
                Physical sector size:  512 Bytes
                Logical sector size:  512 Bytes

                Hardware Information

                Controller name:  Intel(R) Desktop/Workstation/Server Express Chipset SATA RAID Controller
                Type:  SATA
                Mode:  RAID
                Number of SATA ports:  6
                Number of volumes:  1
                Volume:  ROOT_Raid5
                Number of spares:  0
                Number of available disks:  1
                Rebuild on Hot Plug:  Disabled
                Manufacturer:  32902
                Model number:  10274
                Product revision:  0
                Direct attached disk:  WD-WCAYU8441715
                Direct attached disk:  WD-WCAYU8413346
                Direct attached disk:  WD-WCC2ES757325
                Direct attached disk:  WD-WCANK5988293
                Direct attached disk:  CVMP229001RF120BGN

                Disk on Controller 0, Port 0
                Status:  Normal
                Type:  SATA disk
                Location type:  Internal
                Usage:  Array disk
                Size:  466 GB
                System disk:  No
                Disk data cache:  Enabled
                Command queuing:  NCQ
                SATA transfer rate: 3 Gb/s
                Model:  WDC WD5000AAKX-001CA0                  
                Serial number:  WD-WCAYU8441715
                SCSI device ID:  0
                Firmware:  15.01H15
                Physical sector size:  512 Bytes
                Logical sector size:  512 Bytes

                Disk on Controller 0, Port 1
                Status:  Normal
                Type:  SATA disk
                Location type:  Internal
                Usage:  Array disk
                Size:  466 GB
                System disk:  No
                Disk data cache:  Enabled
                Command queuing:  NCQ
                SATA transfer rate: 3 Gb/s
                Model:  WDC WD5000AAKX-001CA0                  
                Serial number:  WD-WCAYU8413346
                SCSI device ID:  1
                Firmware:  15.01H15
                Physical sector size:  512 Bytes
                Logical sector size:  512 Bytes

                Disk on Controller 0, Port 2
                Status:  Normal
                Type:  SATA disk
                Location type:  Internal
                Usage:  Array disk
                Size:  466 GB
                System disk:  No
                Disk data cache:  Enabled
                Command queuing:  NCQ
                SATA transfer rate: 3 Gb/s
                Model:  WDC WD5000AAKX-00ERMA0                 
                Serial number:  WD-WCC2ES757325
                SCSI device ID:  2
                Firmware:  15.01H15
                Physical sector size:  512 Bytes
                Logical sector size:  512 Bytes

                Disk on Controller 0, Port 3
                Status:  Normal
                Type:  SATA disk
                Location type:  Internal
                Usage:  Array disk
                Size:  233 GB
                System disk:  No
                Disk data cache:  Enabled
                Command queuing:  None
                SATA transfer rate: 3 Gb/s
                Model:  WDC WD2500KS-00MJB0                    
                Serial number:  WD-WCANK5988293
                SCSI device ID:  3
                Firmware:  02.01C03
                Physical sector size:  512 Bytes
                Logical sector size:  512 Bytes

                Disk on Controller 0, Port 4
                Status:  Normal
                Type:  SATA SSD
                Location type:  Internal
                Usage:  Available
                Size:  112 GB
                System disk:  Yes 
                Disk data cache:  Enabled
                Command queuing:  NCQ
                SATA transfer rate: 3 Gb/s
                Model:  INTEL SSDSC2CT120A3                  
                Serial number:  CVMP229001RF120BGN
                SCSI device ID:  4
                Firmware:  300i   
                Physical sector size:  512 Bytes
                Logical sector size:  512 Bytes

                ATAPI device on Controller 0, Port 5
                Location type:  Internal
                SATA transfer rate: 1.5 Gb/s
                Model:  ASUS    DVD-E616A3T                    
                Serial number:  Not Available
                Firmware:  1.12

                • 5. Re: No 'Increase Size' Option for RAID 5 Array in RST - Why is this missing?

                  If you try creating a new RAID, instead of increasing it. Do you see the remaining space available?

                  • 6. Re: No 'Increase Size' Option for RAID 5 Array in RST - Why is this missing?
                    nowayman

                    There is no option to create a new RAID volume on the set of disks; this is what my Status page looks like:

                    Capture.PNG

                    Isn't this where I should also see an option to create another volume on the free space in the array?

                     

                    Could this be an access permissions problem of some sort?  The user under which I'm logged in is part of the Administrators group, and I also tried to rt.-click 'Run as Administrator' on the Intel RST start menu shortcut, but the behavior did not change.

                    • 7. Re: No 'Increase Size' Option for RAID 5 Array in RST - Why is this missing?
                      PeterUK

                      I see a

                      466 GB drive

                      a

                      466 GB drive

                      a

                      466 GB drive

                      a

                      233 GB drive

                      hmm....their is a 233 GB drive in your setup!

                       

                      If you was hoping to do a matrix RAID setup unfortunately it is supported in a required way which is if you had four 466 GB drives you can setup one array for 699 GB RAID 5 across all four drives leaving you 233 GB on each to setup another array for 932 GB RAID 0.

                       

                      But what you can't do as of yet that I know is setup matrix RAID on some of the drives that are in a array with free space you must do it across all the drives that are in a array with free space.

                      • 8. Re: No 'Increase Size' Option for RAID 5 Array in RST - Why is this missing?
                        nowayman

                        What I'm trying to do is simply expand the current RAID 5 volume to use the full amount of space available in the array; I do not want a separate partition or different RAID type.  The RST software shows the total space on the array to be ~953Mb, as I'd expect, but nowhere can I find the option to expand the size of the current volume beyond the ~715Mb that was previously configured before replacing a failed drive with a larger disk.

                        • 9. Re: No 'Increase Size' Option for RAID 5 Array in RST - Why is this missing?
                          PeterUK

                          You still have one 233 GB drive that needs to be replaced plus even if you do the ICH9R is not listed for support to do Capacity expansion.

                          http://www.intel.com/support/chipsets/imsm/sb/CS-022304.htm?wapkw=ich+raid

                          • 10. Re: No 'Increase Size' Option for RAID 5 Array in RST - Why is this missing?
                            Samvel

                            I have similar problem

                             

                            ICH10R RAID5 with 4x 2TB Disk I have switched one by one to 3TB disks, now I have 4x 3TB disks but no increase size button not in volume level nor in array...

                            Latest RST version 12.5.0.1066 installed


                            Any suggestions?

                            Thanks


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                            • 11. Re: No 'Increase Size' Option for RAID 5 Array in RST - Why is this missing?
                              Diego_Intel

                              Samvel, you have not performed a RAID array expansion so the capacity expansion option will not be shown. You have systematically changed the drives in the array, array expansion is adding one extra drive to an existing array. I suggest that you review the following articles related to this:

                               

                              Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology (Intel(R) RST) | Adding drives to a RAID array

                               

                              Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology (Intel(R) RST) | Troubleshooting RAID migration issues

                              • 12. Re: No 'Increase Size' Option for RAID 5 Array in RST - Why is this missing?
                                ryanmonk

                                Did you ever manage to increase it?