Configuring RAID with F8 during boot

From Command prompt during boot

* Enter into Smart Array Configuration screen by pressing F8 during System boot. (You need to press F8 after ILO configuration option is displayed on the screen. Because that option also enabled with F8!) Once selected, you will see following configuration screen.
* You can view the current configuration by selecting View Logical Drive
* First delete this Logical Drive from Main Menu
* Now select Create Logical Drive and in next screen we will see all physical drives that are available for selection. Also different RAID configurations are available for use.


* Make sure all physical drives are selected for use. Select RAID 5 configuration.
* Next screen will give current logical drive creation details. Select F8 if you want to save the changes.


* If you view the logical drive from menu, it will display something as follows.
But for some reason, I couldn’t able to configure using this option in some cases. This option worked reliably when server has been configured with Linux OS.

Anyways in all cases first option is most reliable way to configure RAID if you have physical access to servers.



  1. Hicham said,

    Hi, thank you so mutch,
    can you tell me, with this configuration i must boot frrom SmartStart CD and i press on F8 or i must boot from Win 2003 server and i press F8 ;;;?????????

    • adyamarathon said,

      Hi Hicham,

      If you are installing new os (in your case Win 2003 server) , yes you can reboot it with os cd. And during boot first configure RAID and let system boot from CD drive.

      hope this helps,

  2. Bui said,


    Assumed, I buy the new HP server…at the first installation for windows server, can I use F8 to create array ? if I don`t use smart start CD, just use F8, can I create array ?


    • adyamarathon said,


      I guess so. Please do give a try.

  3. anthonyeleven said,

    And what does one do when F8 is completely ignored? With a DL360p Gen8 I’ve tried about 20 times, both F8 and F5, ignored every time.

    HP really REALLY needs to learn that rackmount servers are not desktops.

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