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HPE Smart Array SR Gen10 Controllers - Enabling Software RAID

Enabling Smart Array software RAID

The embedded SATA Ports may be configured in Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) mode or software RAID Mode. User must be in software RAID Mode to use the Smart Array S100i SR Gen10 SW RAID Solution on the embedded SATA Ports.


  1. Reboot the server.

  2. Start UEFI System Utilities by pressing F9 (System Utilities) during POST.

  3. Select System Configuration > BIOS/Platform Configuration (RBSU) > Storage Options > SATAController Options > Embedded SATA Configuration > Smart Array SW RAID Support and pressthe Enter key.

  4. In the SATA Controller Options screen, for the Embedded SATA configuration option, select SmartArray SW RAID Support from the drop-down menu and click OK.

    If user see the warning "Important: Smart Array SW RAID is not supported when the Boot Mode isconfigured in Legacy BIOS Mode", click OK.

  5. Press F12: Save and Exit.

  6. Save changes by clicking Yes-Save Changes.

  7. Click Reboot.


Device drivers

A device driver is required for the Operating System (OS) to communicate with the disk drive controller. Device drivers are provided with Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP). Use intelligent provisioning to install the drivers. Check the below link for more information on supported OS:

Click here to access the page on HPE Servers support and certification matrices .

Driver updates are posted to the Hewlett Packard Enterprise website. When prompted for productinformation, enter the appropriate server model name or controller model.


Windows OS

The device driver for the HPE Smart Array S100i SR Gen10 SW RAID solution is not included with the Off-the-Shelf Microsoft Windows OS media. If user is installing the OS to a logical volume managed by the S100i SW RAID Solution, then user must ensure that the device driver is installed so that the windows installation will recognize the logical volume.

If user installs the OS using the assisted installation option in the intelligent provisioning software, the driver is automatically added during installation. No further action is required.

If user installs the OS without Intelligent Provisioning, user must manually inject the driverduring the OS installation from a USB drive.


Manually injecting the device driver during OS Installation


  1. Obtain the drivers and extract them to a USB Drive.

    The drivers for the S100i SR SW RAID Solution can be obtained from either SPP or the Hewlett Packard Enterprise website. Click here to access drivers and software website of HPE Smart Array S100i SR Gen10 SW RAID . The option to extract the files is presented when running the driver installation component.

  2. Insert the USB Drive containing the driver, and click Browse.

    For installations using a SATA Optical drive to load the windows installation media, Windows provides an early prompt for the optical device driver in order to continue installation. When the USB is inserted, the driver loads for the SATA Optical device and for the SATA Drives or SATA Solid State Drives (SSDs) connected to the S100i SR SW RAID Solution.

    For installations that do not use the SATA Optical drive to load the windows installation media, the Where Do User Want to Install Windows window displays.

  3. Click Load driver and point to the extracted Smart Array SW RAID Solution driver folder.


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