1 Reply Latest reply on Feb 18, 2010 8:53 AM by Henryat1140

    General RAID questions

    Henryat1140

      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

       

      Henry