I'm new to RAID, so forgive my elementary questions.
I instaled a RAID 1 array a couple of days ago. Thsi morning I got a message there was a problem with one of the drives, and the array was degraded. Using IMSM I am rebuilding the drive (as we speak).
The drives are new. Is a degraded array a frequent thing? In my case it _might_ have been caised by a program that crashed while copying some large files to the new array. I am hoping that rebuilding the drive will clear up any software errors - of course there's always the possibility of a new drive going bad.
Regarding maintenence operations on an array:
Can you use CHKDSK to verify the files and file system on an array? Or do you rely on the Intel software/hardware to maintain integrity of the files? If I am getting 'both drives green' in the display console can I rely on that as a sign that the data is protected? I am new to RAIS and I must admit, a little uneasy about abandoning my image backups.
Also do you 'defrag' RAID drives?
Thanks in advance
I should have included this in the original message:
Win 7 64 bit
Gigabyte EP45-UD3R - 8 g ram
INtel Option ROM 220.127.116.119
WD 640 SATA Drives 32mb cache