For dedicated server clients, the typical model of 3ware RAID card is 3ware 9650.


To see product notes on each card, click the relevant link below:


3ware 9650


Management of these RAID cards depends on the operating system installed. Following are some resources and instructions for Linux & Windows:



To begin, you will need to download the appropriate binary for your Linux installation:

x86_64 (64 bit) Linux

x86 (32 bit) Linux

After downloading, decompress/untar the file:

tar xvzf filename.tgz

Now, you must modify the permissions on the binary so it may be executed by root:

chmod 700 tw_cli

Finally, run the binary with the “info” option to see output on the RAID volume:

./tw_cli info
Ctl Model Ports Drives Units NotOpt RRate VRate BBU
c0 9650 2 2 1 0 2 - -

The output above will show you how many ports are on the RAID card, how many drives are connected, how many RAID units there are, and the count of “Not Optimal” RAID volumes. If the number in the “NotOpt” column is not zero, your RAID volume is degraded/damaged and should be serviced as soon as possible.




In Windows, management of the RAID card is much easier. You simply need to download the 3DM graphical interface that runs as a service, monitors the RAID volume(s), and will notify a user directly via a Windows alert and optionally email the server administrator with a report.


For more information (including downloads, documentation, and installation instructions) see the following URL:


3DM overview


*** Note: There maybe cases with some newer RAID controllers where the RAID controller installed is does not have RAID management software. I this case you will need to view your server’s log files for disk error messages associated with disk setup in a RAID array.