To have the proper drivers loaded during installation process you can follow the procedure described on this HP support page:
Go to HP website.
Click here to access the HPE website .
Click Support & Drivers.
Click Drivers and Software.
Enter the controller model "B110i SATA RAID Controller" and click
Select the Red Hat Operating System version in question (for example,
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server (x86-64)).
Click Software - Driver Update.
Download the recommended Driver Diskette for HP Smart Array B110i SATA
RAID Controller for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (AMD64/EM64T), the name
of the file should be hpahcisr-xx.xx.xx.rhel5.x86_64.dd.gz .
Once the driver diskette file is downloaded using a Linux machine
(Desktop, Laptop, Server) extract the file using the command gzip -d
hpahcisr-xx.xx.xx.rhel5.x86_64.dd.gz or gunzip
Now proceed to create a USB Flash Driver to make it work as a
diskette, running the following command dd if=
hpahcisr-xx.xx.xx.rhel5.x86_64.dd of=/dev/device_name, see the
In this case the USB Key was recognized with device name sdb;
therefore, the complete command is:
# dd if= hpahcisr-xx.xx.xx.rhel5.x86_64.dd of=/dev/sdb
Now, proceed to boot the server to install with the Operating System
in question. Below an example of the installation of Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 5 Server (x86-64).
This is the RHEL 5 Installer first screen:
Press F2-Options to check on which options are available. The
installer will show the following options to choose in which user can
find linux dd in order to load a driver disk, see the sample below:
Once in there, plug the USB Flash Driver in which the driver disk has
been created so it can be recognized by the Installer. Then, as the
options states type linux dd and hit the Enter key. User should be
prompted with the following screen:
Hit Yes option and then continue with the next screen. In this one
user will be prompted with the source of the driver disk. See below
If users are prompted with two options sda should be the once since
scd0 is for the optical drive. In order to confirm, open tty4 pressing
both ctrl + alt keys at the same time plus F4 Key. See the sample
below in which list USB SanDisk (USB in used for this tutorial)
recognized as sda.
Once this has been checked, return to Graphic Mode pressing both ctrl
+ alt keys at the same time plus F1 Key in order to continue with the installation and press OK to proceed to use the USB driver disk. User
should see the progress of loading the driver module hpahcisr. See
Once the driver module loading process finish user should be prompted
for more driver disk to load. User must hit NO and continue with the
installation, see sample below:
After this option is prompted user must continue with the normal
installation. The process will finish loading all necessary files to
continue. Once this is done on the Graphic Mode user will see that all
our Hard Disk Drives or single Hard Driver is recognized as HP LOGICAL
VOLUME and not separate Drives.