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HighPoint RAID Classes: Data RAID vs. Boot RAID

HighPoint uses the terms “Data RAID” and Boot-RAID” to describe the primary function of a RAID array.


Data-RAID: Storage Volumes

Data RAID: a RAID array that is only used to store or process data. An operating system will recognize a Data-RAID array as a single physical drive, which can then be formatted/partitioned as needed.

In most cases, Data-RAID arrays can be easily moved from one system or another, provided it is connected to a compatible HighPoint product (such as moving a RAID 0 array between two SSD7000 series controllers).


Boot-RAID: Bootable Volumes

Boot-RAID: a RAID array that functions as a system disk (bootable drive or volume). In most cases, a Boot-RAID is configured as a redundant RAID array (RAID 1, 5, 6, 10, etc.), as it adds a layer of data security to the OS.


Boot-RAID volumes must be created before an OS can be installed; a bootable drive cannot be converted into a RAID array. Depending on the product in use, administrators can configure the array using the controller’s BIOS interface or EUFI tool.


Note: Though a Boot-RAID array can be moved from one HighPoint solution to another within the same product class, and remain recognized, the Boot-RAID is unlikely to remain bootable. This isn’t unique to HighPoint or RAID in general. Boot-volumes (this includes bootable, single disks) are generally “tied” to the computing platform that was in place at the time of the original OS installation. The Boot-RAID volume would be recognized and readable, but could not be used to boot another system.


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It was quite simple to follow the directions. I was amazed by how detailed and accurate you were with this. By understanding these distinctions, users can better select mapquest directions and configure their RAID arrays to meet their specific needs, whether for robust data storage solutions or reliable bootable system disks.

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