Setting Up NI HDD-8265 RAID Configuration

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Overview

This tutorial will explain how to download and set up the Areca Management Software to interact with the NI HDD-8265 and then find the current firmware version on your device. Once the device is set up it will walk through how to configure/re-configure the RAID type and utilization of your 8265 device and address some general streaming tips when using the NI HDD-8265.

Table of Contents

  1. Downloading the Areca Management Software
  2. Identify the Firmware Version
  3. Configure the RAID Level
  4. Partition and Format
  5. Tips for Faster Streaming 
  6. Related Resources

1. Downloading the Areca Management Software

The NI HDD-8265 (6, 12, or 24 Terabyte across 12 drives) uses the Areca Management Software. This should ship with the 8265 driver DVD, but can also be accessed here

 

To full access the information and configuration of your HDD-8265, you will need to install the drivers and HTTP client. 

 

1. Connect your PXI Controller to the network, connect the HDD-8265 to the chassis and power up.

2. Click the appropriate drivers folder and download for your OS (download by clicking the version number).

Figure 1 - Driver downloads

 

3. Extract the files into an appropriate file location on your PC (desktop is fine)

Figure 2 - Extract driver software

 

4. In Device Manager, under Storage controllers, find the RAID device, right-click and select Update Driver Software, manually point to the drivers folder that you downloaded and unzipped. Now the drivers are installed. 

Figure 3 - HTTP client for Areca Software

 

5. From the Areca Website, download and install the ArcHTTP client. This will involve clicking the version number to download, then extract to an appropriate file location (desktop is fine). Open this folder and launch the install.exe then walk through the installer

Figure 4 - Install of HTTP client

 

6. Now go to the Window Explorer and launch ArcHTTPSrvGUI

7. This should now pull up a HTTP client window that resembles the window above, and should have your RAID Controller listed (may need to expand a RAID Controller section). If this client does not launch you can go to your web browser and enter http://127.0.0.1:81/ which should take you to the ArcHTTP Configurations page.

 

 

 

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2. Identify the Firmware Version

The following steps walk through how to find the current firmware version on the RAID device. 

 

1. With the ArcHTTPS Configuration page launched, go to the left side of the page. 

2. Expand SATA RAID Controllers on the left side and select the ARC-1231 Web Management to open another window.

3. Enter admin for the user name and leave the password blank to enter the RAID Console. (alternatives to try: user is admin, password is 0000)

Figure 5 - Authentication screen-pop

 

4. On the left, click on Information>System Information. Firmware Version is the second option listed.

Figure 6 - Firmware display page

 

 

 

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3. Configure the RAID Level

The next steps will describe the process of configuring the device into RAID0, which will maximize the streaming speed. However RAID0 is not fault tolerant, like other RAID levels (ie. RAID5).

 

1. Delete any previous RAID sets by clicking Delete RAID Set under RAID Set Functions. Confirm the Operation, then Submit.

Figure 7 - Delete RAID set screen

 

2. Click Create RAID Set under RAID Set Functions.

3. Select all 12 drives. Click Confirm the Operation, then click Submit.

Figure 8 - Create RAID set screen

 

4. Click Create Volume Set under Volume Set Functions.

Figure 9 - Create RAID volume screen

 

5. Click Submit to create a volume set on the RAID set you just created.

6. Change Volume RAID Level to RAID0. 

7. Change Greater Two TB Volume Support to 4K Block.

Figure 10 - RAID configuration options

 

8. Click Confirm the Operation and click Submit.

*For best performance in fault-tolerant RAID modes, set Volume Cache Mode to Write Back. This setting allows the RAID card to hold the data in local memory that has not been written to disk. 

 

 

 

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4. Partition and Format

 

Windows XP

1. Open your disk management console by pressing <Windows-R>.

2. Enter diskmgmt.msc and press <Enter>. The Initialize Disk window should open automatically. If it does not, right-click the minus symbol within a red circle on the disk you are trying to initialize and select Initialize Disk.

3. Ensure that your virtual disk is selected for initialization and click OK. Your disk now shows up as unallocated in the Disk Management utility with a black bar across the top.

4. Right-click on the unallocated disk and select New Partition to launch the New Partition Wizard.

5. Select Next to move to Partition Type. Choose your partition type and click Next.

6. In Specify Partition Size, the maximum partition size is chosen by default. Click Next.

7. In Assign Drive Letter or Path, you may assign a drive letter to your partition. Choose a drive letter and click Next.

8. In Format Partition, change the Allocation Unit size to 64 KB, which improves performance in sequential read and write applications.

9. Select Perform a quick format and click Next.

10. Click Finish to exit the New Partition Wizard.

 

 

Windows 7

1. Open your disk management console by pressing <Windows-R>.

Figure 11 - Access the Disk Management resource

 

2. Enter diskmgmt.msc and press <Enter>. The Initialize Disk window opens.

3. Choose GPT and click OK. Your disk now shows up as unallocated in the Disk Management utility with a black bar across the top.

Figure 12 - Choose the disk to initialize with partition style GPT

 

4. Right-click on the unallocated disk.

5. Select New Simple Volume to launch the New Simple Volume Wizard.

6. In Specify Volume Size, the maximum volume size is chosen by default. Click Next.

7. In Assign Drive Letter or Path, you may assign a drive letter to your new volume. Choose a drive letter and click Next.

8. In Format Partition, change the Allocation Unit size to 64 KB, which improves performance in sequential read and write applications.

9. Ensure that Perform a quick format is selected and click Next.

Figure 13 - Finish formatting the partition with the appropriate settings

 

10. Click Finish to exit the New Simple Volume Wizard.

 

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5. Tips for Faster Streaming 

NI Software

Use the TDMS file format if streaming using LabVIEW Software. The TDMS file type has been optimized to work with LabVIEW and will actually achieve faster speeds than binary files in LabVIEW.

 

Use the TDMS Advanced asynchronous I/O for fastest streaming. These calls help take care of bookkeeping, reducing the DMA programming needed and also have an auto delete reference boolean. The advanced asynchronous calls will also recycle arbitrary arrays to optimize streaming speeds. They can be found in the Functions Pallette when on the block diagram in LabVIEW. Then navigate to File I/O > TDM Streaming > Advanced TDMS > TDMS Advanced Asynchronous I/O.

*Must be running as Administrator to use the TDMS Advanced Asynchronous API

Figure 14 - How to access the TDMS Advanced Asynchronous I/O from LabVIEW pallette

 

BIOS

In the BIOS Settings of your PC, under the CPU Configuration Page, set the following

  • C-States (Disabled)
  • Turbo Boost (Disabled)
  • Hardware Prefetcher (Disabled)
  • Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch (Disabled)

 

Windows

Turn off Application Experience

Turn of Windows Update

To stop these services, go to Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services. Then find these services and right click, and select Stop. Or to permanently disable them, right click, and select Properties. Under Startup type, select Disabled. Then click Apply and restart your PC.

Figure 15 - Windows Services screen, and options for stopping certain disruptive background services

 

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6. Related Resources

 

 

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