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Volume Creation

Now it’s time to initialize your storage system and turn it into a usable volume. You have two options. If you’re initializing a striped array of separate drives, or aggregating the two controllers (called logical unit numbers or LUNs) of an Xserve RAID, use the first method that follows, “Creating RAID Sets.” However, if you’re simply mounting a device that will appear as a single device to the OS, such as a bridge array or a single controller of an Xserve RAID, use the second method, “Creating Volumes from Single-Host RAIDs.”

Creating RAID Sets

Creating RAID sets with Apple’s Disk Utility is a breeze. The hard part—installing the appropriate hardware and drivers—is behind you. When you launch Disk Utility, you should see the devices, which means that the OS recognizes them. Then, you simply need to do a little dragging and dropping to create the RAID volume.


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