3 Replies Latest reply on Jun 16, 2016 12:25 PM by mikec_intel

    Intel RST RAID1. What does "Initialize" do?




      I created a RAID1 volume using the option ROM, then installed Windows on that volume after having loaded the RAID driver in the setup program. In the option ROM as well as in the GUI, the volume status is shown as "normal", however the GUI claims that the volume has not been initialized. What exactly will happen if I choose to initialize the volume and what are the pros and cons of initializing vs. not initializing? According to the documentation, initialization is necessary to verify data. Does this mean that there is no redundancy when the volume hasn't been initialized and that data are only stored on one of the disks until the volume is initialized? Or does it mean that there is some level of redundancy, but if an error occurs, it won't be detected? Or does it mean that only the areas of the discs where files are stored are mirrored, but random garbage is not (but initialization will mirror this random garbage, too)? Or does it mean something completely else, maybe some combination of the above? Neither the docs nor Google could help me with this, but I hope that you guys can.