Transparent RAID on Windows – Quick Setup Guide

1. Download both the Host package as well as the Web UI client package

01. Download tRAID

2. Locate the downloaded files

02. Downloaded tRAID Binaries

3. Extract the Host package to wherever you would like it installed. For this Windows installation, we extract it to C:\.

03. Extract Host Package

4. Navigate to the extracted folder, right-click on the install script, and choose to run it as Administrator.

04. Install tRAID Host

5. Install the Web UI by double clicking on its installation package and following the wizard.

05. Install tRAID Web UI

6. If you have not rebooted after installing the Host package, reboot your computer.

06. Restart Computer After tRAID Install

7. Open the Web UI through the desktop shortcut or by opening your browser to: http://localhost:8080. Login using admin/admin.

07. Open the tRAID Web UI

8. When prompted to add a host to manage, accept the default values or edit as appropriate.

08. Accept Default Add tRAID Host Values

9. After adding a host, you will be prompted to activate it if not yet activated.

09. Activate tRAID Host

10. After activation, the Express tRAID Configuration wizard should open.

10. Express tRAID Configuration Wizard

11. Please prepare your disks as instructed.

11. Prepare tRAID Disks

12. Optionally, you can configure a Landing Disk for your Storage Pool.

12. Assign tRAID Landing Disk

13. Select the disks to include in your RAID array. Based on disks preparation, the UI will detect which disks you intend to use as data disks and which you intend to use as parity disks.

13. Select Disks for tRAID

14. Review the final options and click “Finish”.

14. Finish tRAID Express Config

15. The wizard will create a configuration, which will be ready for initialization. You should think of changing the disk labels for the registered disks to something that will help you with their identifications.

15. Generated tRAID Configuration

16. Click to start the array. You will be prompted to initialize. Choose to initialize.

16. Start tRAID Configuration

17. If you wish to have immediate access to your data, choose to initialize by doing nothing. This will delay parity computation to a later time of your choosing.

17. Fast tRAID Initialization

18. Your array will either start successfully or you might be prompted to reboot.

18. Successful tRAID Start

19. With the array and Storage Pool both started, you can now access you data through the Storage Pool. Please, run the Verify & Sync task if the array was initialized by doing nothing. Enjoy!

19. Enjoy tRAID

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2 Responses to “Transparent RAID on Windows – Quick Setup Guide”

  1. Matthew September 23, 2014 at 8:28 PM #

    Why can’t I use individual partitions? I’ve got C: with 2 partitions (1 OS, 1 blank) and another empty drive. Why can’t I merge the empty drive and the empty partition?

  2. Brahim August 27, 2015 at 9:52 PM #

    You can use the partition on the disk containing your C:\ drive as landing disk. However, your boot disk itself cannot be added to a Transparent RAID array.
    You are correct however in that Transparent RAID can technically support RAID’ing the partition. We simply chose not to support such configuration in the current release.
    We might reconsider this in future releases.

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