I've got HP ProLiant G5 with hardware controller HP SmartArray P400i. I created logical drive from 4 HDD and installed OS, but i don't know hot to mark this volume as boot. Here's the output of hpacucli in HP SSA disk:

=> ctrl slot=0 modify bootcontroller=enable  
=> ctrl slot=0 id 1 modify bootvolume=primary  
Error: logicaldrive 1 cannot be set as the boot volume.  
Error: This operation is not supported with the current configuration. Use the "show" command on devices to show additional details about the configuration.  
Reason: Not Appllicable

=> ctrl slot=0 show config  
Smart Array P400i in Slot 0 (Embedded) (sn: xxxxxxxxxx)  
Array A (SATA, Unused Space: 0MB)  
logicaldrive 1 (1.8 TB, RAID 1+0, OK)  
physicaldrive 1I:1:1 (port 1I:box 1:bay 1, SATA, 1 TB, OK)  
physicaldrive 1I:1:1 (port 1I:box 1:bay 1, SATA, 1 TB, OK)  
physicaldrive 1I:1:1 (port 1I:box 1:bay 1, SATA, 1 TB, OK)  
physicaldrive 1I:1:1 (port 1I:box 1:bay 1, SATA, 1 TB, OK)

Also, logical drive type is Data.
What is wrong could be here? How can i mark logical volume as bootable?

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    What OS are you using? Is there a problem? It's not common to need to mark a logicaldrive as bootable. – ewwhite Sep 12 '17 at 15:12
  • I think. It is because you've assigned only one logical volume. By default HP smart RAID boot from first created logical volume. – Mikhail Khirgiy Sep 12 '17 at 15:38
  • @ewwhite CentOS. I thought the problem in OS bootloader too, but after re-installing grub2 and checking it in xxd /dev/... i have no doubt in that. – kamish Sep 12 '17 at 16:27
  • @kamish did you see GRUB on monitor? If yes, the problem is Centos. If no, the problem is RAID controller. – Mikhail Khirgiy Sep 13 '17 at 5:19
  • @MikhailKhirgiy I didn't saw grub even in emergency mode but if I did, I wouldn't write here =) Also, even with two logical drives there was no boot menus. – kamish Sep 13 '17 at 7:00

It seems it should be possible from BIOS Option ROM Configuration for Arrays (ORCA).


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  • Unfortunately, i have no this option in array menu =( tomorrow i'll try to upgrade SmartArray firmware up to 7.24, maybe it could help... – kamish Sep 12 '17 at 16:01

So I downloaded Smart Update Firmware DVD and updated everything what it suggested. And now I see that Select Boot Volume button!

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