If you bought your EBX00MS device in a bundle it will come with an Areca Card, make sure you have all the neccessary items first.
1) The device
2) 2 MiniSAS cables
3) A RAID HBA
All you need to do is install the HBA into your computer in the PCI express slot required (4x, 8x, etc) and to connect your miniSAS cables from the device to the HBA. Remember that ordering of the cables matter, make sure that the miniSAS cable connected to the single port (or top port on the EB800MS) is connected to the left most slot on your HBA unless otherwise noted.
There are 2 methods in creating a RAID for the EB400CR.
1) Using the CD/GUI that came with the EB400CR
2) Using the front panel of the EB400CR
For the first method, after installing and running the program it will take you to a page that shows the current hard drives that you have in your EB400CR. Over on the left you will see three buttons, click the 3rd icon which will take you to the RAID page.
From there you will need to simply select your RAID format (and enter a password if you want to protect your data from someone deleting your RAID set) and click OK at the bottom. A status bar will appear and your RAID is good to go.
The second method involves the front panel LCD, click through the buttons to find the Quick Setup and just follow the on screen display (it will ask for which RAID type and an optional password).
Creating the RAID is only the first step to using the device, the next step is for your operating system to detect it and this is done by formatting and partioning the drives.
On the Mac OSX, you need to go under Disk Utility in which you will find the RAID you just created grayed out. Clicking on this will open up options for you on the right, click the partition tab and set the drop down menu to one partition (or more if you want it) and give it a name. After that is done the drive will automatically mount on your desktop ready to be used. The default format is fine but note that if you plan on using the same device on Windows, the default Mac format will not work.
On the Windows OS find your way to Disk Management (Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management [over on the left]). From here you can right click your new RAID and tell it to format, remember to click GPT if over 2TB. After the formatting completes you will need to right click it again to create a volume of it, after which it will show up on your My Computer page.
You will need a power cable as well as your choice of data cable. After everything is plugged in and seated power up the device.
The device will say "Re-Init" on it, this is asking you to initialize the drives in order to create a RAID. If this is a fresh system with brand new drives then you will need to do this. If your device came with a preformatted RAID then you just need to let it run for a few seconds and your device will mount.
After this step you will need to partition the drive. On Mac, go through Disk Utility -> Partition Tab. On Windows, go through Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management (Remember to set it to GPT if dealing with a 2TB or larger RAID).
The RAID creation process on the EB400FR is done through its front LCD panel. On a fresh boot with new drives it will ask you to reinitialize, press the button allowing it do so. It will then ask you if you want to create your RAID, which can be done with the push of a button. Please note that this system only does RAID 5 and in creating a new RAID you will delete all information (if any) on your drives.
Most likely you have not mounted your new RAID for your operating system to see.
On Mac: Go under Disk Utility from there find the RAID you created and click it. On the right side you will notice tabs, click the partition tab. On the partition tab there will be a drop down menu to the left of where you enter a name, click that and select one partition and enter a name if you want. Once this process runs you will see the drive on your desktop ready to be used.
On Windows: Go under Disk Management, (Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management) if this was a fresh new drive a message should pop up asking you to format, select GPT if your RAID is over 2TB then click okay. The process will run for a bit after which you will see that your RAID is formatted but you are not done just yet. You will need to right click your RAID and select Create Simple Volume, give it a name if you want then click OK. After this is done you will be able to use the RAID you have created.
The IS316JS by itself is a JBOD device so there are two scenarios to use it.
To install the device as a standalone JBOD system you will need an HBA (ATTO, Areca, Highpoint) as well as MiniSAS cables. Simply plug the device from port A into the HBA and connect the two power cables.
The second method is using the IS316JS as an expansion. In this case you will need to connect the 2 miniSAS cables from the expansion port of the first IS316JS to the IN ports of your second IS316JS.
The only cables you need for connecting the SXMS device to your computer is a power cable and a miniSAS (or two if using S8MS). You will also need a HBA (host bus adapter) to control the RAID and also give you a way to connect the miniSAS cables.
After both things are connected power everything on and configure your RAID through your HBA. Please note that if your device came preformatted with a RAID that you turn the computer on first before the device.
To install the S4FR you will first need the power cable, and the data cable of your choice. Simply plug everything into their respective ports and turn the device on.
On the back of the device it will say Re-init and ask you if you want to do it. If this is your first time creating a RAID set on this device go ahead and hit the Re-init button. However if the device came with a RAID set already just leave it alone, the device will soon be mounted on your desktop and ready to be used.
The parts required to install the EBXMS include the power cable, the miniSAS cable(s) as well as the HBA. All you need to do is plug everything in, please note that on the EB8MS it matters which slot the cables go into and flipping these cables may cause problems when you want to indentify the drives.
If your EBXMS was preformatted this will be the only steps in order to see your RAID set mounted. In the case that there is no RAID already created you will need to consult the manuals of your HBA in order to configure it.
Once this is installed (typically a reboot is needed) you need go to your browser (Safari, Firefox, Chrome) and type in localhost:81 the default username and password is admin:0000
For Windows you will also need drivers located here: http://www.areca.com.tw/support/s_windows/windows.htm after you have it installed instead of going to your browser, you need to run the ARCHttp program that comes with it and this will take you to the login screen with the default username and password being admin:0000
Once here you will see a bunch of options on the left side (if you do not see something reload the page, sometimes they don't always appear on the first try).
To create your RAID you will need to go under RAID set functions and create one. Here you will need to select your drives and confirm it.
Next you will need to go under Volume set function and create one. On this page you can give it a name if you wish and select your RAID level. You can leave everything default unless (although you will most likely need to change the 2TB compatibility) you require a specific setting.
Now comes the waiting game as you wait for your drives to initialize. This process can take anywhere from a few hours to half a day depending on how big your RAID is. Once this is finished you can mount the drives and enjoy.
For the BIOS option it will ask you if you want to enter the BIOS setting during bootup, once in you need to just enter the default username and password (admin:0000) and you will be able to access a UI very similar to what was described above.
(You will need to create a Login in order to use it)
Once you have the ATTO config tool installed simply run it and it will ask you to login. These login credentials are what you use to logon to your computer. After putting those in you will see a bunch of tabs on the right side.
Click the RAID tab and in the bottom half right click it and tell it to create a new RAID. It will ask you for a name and which drives you want to be a part of the group as well as the RAID setting, after all this is done just click finish and wait until your RAID is fully initialized and ready to use.