Intel® Matrix Storage Console

Intel Corporation (Freeware)

Intel® Matrix Storage Console is an application used for managing RAID arrays and storage devices. RAID, or Redundant Array of Independent Disks, is a storage technology used for combining several components of a disk drive into one unit. This program also provides detailed information about the storage devices.

The Intel® Matrix Storage Console software can be used for creating RAID volumes. Creating RAID volumes provides another form of data backup in case of a failure. Since the operating system is not stored in the created RAID volume, RAID failure will not affect the operating system. Creating a RAID volume will permanently remove all the data on the chosen arrays/hard drives. An option to create RAID volume from an existing hard drive is available to preserve the contents of the hard drive. This application offers configuration options when creating a RAID volume. Options to select RAID volume name, strip size, and RAID level are available. Users can also choose the volume location and volume size. Creating a RAID volume is only available if a third bootable device (SCSI or IDE hard drive) is available.

The Intel® Matrix Storage Console application can be used for viewing device information. Viewing of information is available in Basic and Advanced modes. The Basic mode shows the hard drives’ status and a visual illustration of the RAID volume. The Advance mode shows the hard drives’ physical and logical views. The physical view provides information about the hard drives and how they are linked to each other. The logical view displays the details on the volumes and arrays in the RAID configuration.