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RAID Configuration, Continued

Step 7: From the MegaRAID Management menu, hit the down arrow one time to the second option, "Initialize". Hit <Enter> next hit the space bar to select "Logical Drive 0" (see (Figure 20). Next, hit <F10> to initialize the drive.

Figure 20: Initializing the array

Figure 20: Initializing the array

A dialog will pop up that says "Initialize?" as shown in Figure 21. Move the cursor to "Yes" and hit <Enter>.

Figure 21: Confirm array initialization

Figure 21: Confirm array initialization

Initialization takes about 5 seconds on my system. During the process, it pops up an initialization meter that goes from 0 to 100 (see Figure 22).

Figure 22: RAID initialization progress

Figure 22: RAID initialization progress

After the drive is initialized, go back out to the main menu and reboot your system (see Figure 23).

Figure 23: RAID array initialization completed

Figure 23: RAID array initialization completed

We've now taken the four hard drives and turned them into a RAID 5 array that operating systems will see as a single hard drive. The next step in building your DIY RAID 5 NAS is to install the operating system you will use.

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