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T E C H N O L O G I E S

User Guide

RAID Tower XIII

(RT134SDEU3)

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v5.1.11

Technical Support

If you need any assistance to get your unit functioning properly, please have your product information ready and contact Addonics Technical Support at:

Hours: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm PST

Phone: 408-453-6212

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Removing Cover of RAID Tower XIII

Loosen the 3 screws at the back of the tower for each side panel using a Philips screwdriver. Push each side panel toward the rear of the tower to disengage and remove.

Array 2

Array 1

Array 1

Array 3

Array 4

Array 2

Array 3

Array 4

Back

Port

Multipliers

Power

Connector

Power

Switch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power LED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power Switch

Array 1 Host

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Array 4 Error

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Array 4 Host

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Array 1 Error

 

 

Array 3 Error

 

Array 2 Host

 

 

Array 3 Host

 

 

 

 

Array 2 Error

Power LED: lit when RAID Tower is on.

Host LED: lit when array group is connected, blinks during array activity.

Error LED: lit when array group has a problem, blinks if a redundant array is rebuilding.

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Installing drives into the RAID Tower XIII

1.Be sure the lock on each drive doors is in an unlock position. If not use the key that comes with the Disk Array to unlock the drive door. Pull on the door lever to swing open the drive door all the way.

2.Slide a 3.5” SATA hard drive into the drive slot with the drive connector side

facing in. Be sure to orient the hard drive correctly as shown in the yellow label on the inside of the drive door – with drive door swing open at the bottom, the top of the hard drive should face to the right. The drive should slide all the way into the slot with very little resistance. Forcing the drive into the slot will cause the drive damage or permanent damage to the Disk Array.

3.Once the drive is all the way into the driver slot, close the door all the way until the drive door latches securely. This will engage power and data connection with the hard drive. The LED light for the drive slot should light if the Disk Array already is powered on. You may lock the drive door with the key.

4.To remove the hard drive from the Disk Array, simply follow the steps 2-3in reverse.

Door Lock

Insert Hard Drives

op facing

Individual

Drive Bay

Door

Drive Power &

Activity LED

for each Drive Bay

Resetting the RAID Mode

NOTE: This procedure destroys all RAID data. It should not harm individual drives or their contents; however, creating or running backups of all data is strongly recommended before proceeding.

1.Power down the unit and set the dip switch to the factory default setting (all switches OFF).

2.While holding the SET button with a ballpoint pen, turn the unit on. A long beep will sound from the Port Multiplier. The SET button may be released once the long beep stops.

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Setting or Modifying the RAID Mode

NOTE: Setting or modifying the RAID mode destroys all data.

1.Follow the procedure for resetting the RAID Mode.

2.Power down the unit and set the dip switch to the desired RAID Mode.

3.While holding the SET button with a ballpoint pen, turn the unit on. A long beep will sound from the Port Multiplier. The SET button may be released once the long beep stops.

If instead of a long beep the Port Multiplier sounds a series of short beeps, an error has occurred during configuration of the array.

Windows users may install the JMicron HW RAID Manager application located on the SATA Controller CD. In the CD, browse to Configuration Utilities →

JMB393. The JMicron HW RAID Manager can be used to create, modify, and monitor the health status of the RAID drives, and provide status alerts. When configuring the RAID mode using the RAID Manager application, it is strongly recommended to leave the dip switch in the factory default setting.

Using identical drives for all settings other than JBOD or LARGE is strongly recommended. Creating a LARGE array using drives that have different properties will use all space on all members, and performance will match that of the member in use during any particular I/O operation. Creating a RAID using drives that are not all the same size will result in all members using only as much space as the smallest member. Creating a RAID using drives that have different performance will degrade the overall performance of the array.

BZS Switch (SW1:1):

The BZ switch is used to silence the audible alarm buzzer. The OFF position permits the audible alarm, and the ON position silences the audible alarm. The BZ switch has immediate effect.

EZ Switch (SW1:2):

The EZ (spare) switch inhibits spares when ON. When in the OFF position, all individual drives (not defined as members of an array) are considered spare. Should a RAID become degraded, when the EZ switch is in the OFF position a spare drive will be used automatically to rebuild the RAID, if present. EZ mode is determined when the unit is powered up. Changing the switch will have no effect until the unit has been re-powered.

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RAID Mode Switches M2, M1, M0 (SW1:3 – SW1-5)

The RAID Mode switches define what type of RAID will be initialized when the unit is powered up while the RAID Mode button is held down. Each type of RAID has different properties and requirements, as follows:

 

Raid Mode

 

BZS1

 

EZ

 

M2

 

M1

 

M0

 

JBOD (Individual

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

drives)

 

 

OFF

 

OFF2

 

OFF

 

OFF

 

OFF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* FACTORY DEFAULT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SETTING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

 

 

OFF

 

ON3

 

ON

 

ON

 

ON

 

1 or 10

 

OFF

 

 

OFF

 

 

ON

 

 

ON

 

 

OFF

 

3

 

 

OFF

 

OFF

 

ON

 

ON

 

OFF

5

 

 

OFF

 

OFF

 

OFF

 

ON

 

OFF

 

CLONE

 

OFF

 

OFF

 

OFF

 

ON

 

ON

 

LARGE

 

OFF

 

ON3

 

ON

 

OFF

 

ON

1 Audible alarm is recommended at all times.

2 EZ mode has no effect in JBOD mode.

3 Disabling EZ for RAID 0 and LARGE is strongly recommended.

JBOD Mode (Individual Drives)

Number of drives: at least 1

Unit capacity: N/A (100% of each individual drive) Spares: no

Fault tolerance: none

JBOD mode offers all connected units to the host adapter, no RAID is defined at all.

NOTE: JBOD mode requires a SATA controller featuring Port Multiplier support for eSATA connections.

NOTE: Optical drives can only be configured as JBOD using an eSATA connection.

RAID 0 (Stripe set)

Number of drives: at least 2

Unit capacity: size of each member times number of members. Spares: no

Fault tolerance: none - if any member is lost all data is lost.

RAID 0 “stripes” the file system across the array by placing sectors of data sequentially between drives in a specific order.

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RAID 1 or 10 (Mirror set, Stripe of mirror sets)

Number of drives: 2 (RAID 1) or 4 (RAID 10).

Unit capacity: size of one member (RAID 1) or size of two members (RAID 10).

Spares: yes – if EZ mode is not disabled and 3 (RAID 1) or 5 (RAID 10) drives are present, the array will be initialized with a spare.

Spares: yes – if EZ mode is not disabled and 3 (RAID 1) or 5 (RAID 10) drives are present, the array will be initialized with a spare.

Fault tolerance: RAID 1 can withstand the loss of one drive without losing data. RAID 10 can withstand the loss of one drive from each mirror set without losing data.

RAID 1 works by duplicating the exact same data on two drives.

RAID 10 works by using two RAID 1 sets configured as members of a RAID 0. Disks 1 and 2 are mirrored, disks 3 and 4 are mirrored, and the two mirror sets are striped together.

RAID 3 (Stripe set with dedicated parity)

Number of drives: at least 3

Unit capacity: size of one member times number of members minus one. Spares: yes

Fault tolerance: can withstand the loss of one drive without losing data.

RAID 3 works by striping data for individual I/O blocks across all members except one, which contains parity data for the stripe set computed by the Port Multiplier.

RAID 5 (Stripe set with striped parity)

Number of drives: at least 3

Unit capacity: size of one member times number of members minus one. Spares: yes

Fault tolerance: can withstand the loss of one drive without losing data.

RAID 5 works by striping entire I/O blocks across all members of the set, with each member taking turns carrying parity data computed by the Port Multiplier.

CLONE (Mirror set)

Number of drives: at least 2

Unit capacity: size of one member. Spares: yes

Fault tolerance: can withstand the loss of any number of drives without losing data as long as at least one complete member remains online.

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CLONE mode works the same way as RAID 1, by maintaining a complete copy of the entire set of data on each drive.

LARGE (Spanned set)

Number of drives: at least 2

Unit capacity: 100% of all drives together regardless of differences in size Spares: no

Fault tolerance: cannot withstand the loss of any drives without losing data. However, some data may be recovered as long as the drive(s) carrying the file system data (boot record, directory, etc.) remain online.

LARGE mode is neither a RAID nor is it a JBOD. It works by declaring the sum of all available space of the member drives as a single unit, without striping the data. As each member is filled, new data is stored on the next.

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