Basic RAID 4 and RAID 5 Operations
RAID 4 and RAID 5 are much similar. You may create and edit a RAID 4 object the same way as a RAID 5 one.
To create a RAID 5 object
or select the Create Virtual Block RAID & Autodetect on the Create menu
You may either make R‑Studio to process your changes immediately or wait until you finish editing the RAID layout. Select or clear the Apply changes immediately checkbox on the Parents tab. Click the Apply button to apply the changes when are you through.
Note: Objects should be placed in the same order as they were in the original RAID 5. If this order is incorrect, you must change it by dragging the parents to place them in the correct order.
The RAID block size and Offset (in sectors) parameters must be set the same as for the original RAID 5.
You also need to specify Block order for virtual RAID 5. You may select it on the Block order drop-down or shortcut menu.
If the those parameters are not correct, data on the parents will not be damaged, but files from the RAID 5 cannot be recovered.
Note: You may check how correctly you have reconstructed the original RAID 5. Find a file and preview it. If the file appears correct, you have created a correct RAID 5 layout.
If your RAID 5 has an unusual configuration, you may create them manually. See Working with Advanced RAID Layouts for details.
If R‑Studio detects a valid file system on the newly created RAID object, a partition object will appear on the Drives panel.
The Description Files for RAID Configurations topic shows the RAID description file for this RAID configuration.
You also may check the RAID consistency, if necessary. See the Checking RAID Consistency help page for details.
Creating and saving your own RAID 5 configuration
You may create and save your own RAID configurations for non-standard RAIDs. You may specify Offset, Block order/size and Row count. See Working with Advanced RAID 5 Layouts for details.