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Hi I have a RAID 1 with 2 WD Blues (1 500Gb and 1 650 but they both set to lowest possible capacity obviously) and I know one of my disks is very loud and a few years old and seems on its last limb. But I replaced my 500gb with a new HDD in my other computer and while the 500gb was plugged in (only sata power) I heard some weird winding noises.... I took it out and it sounded like there was something shaking around inside the drive (this one is brand new btw) sounded like sand for example and wondering if it's metal shavings. Anyways I put them both in RAID 1 for now. Only problem I see is a very long boot up... it takes me forever to get to the desktop.

Soo.. a couple questions. I just had a failed GPU overclock so I had a freeze and when this happens I guess IRST will re-initilize the array. I was wondering if there was a way to stop that or avoid it from going through that process again. I gave the other information just to see if anyone else had any thoughts on it. I know I should probably swap the 500gb for a new one because it's brand new and I don't think it's normal to have something like that shaking around in the drive.

Also can I remove one drive from the array to go through some HDD tests seperately? (this is my first RAID) Maybe see if I get a normal boot with only one drive. Or I could run some HDD benchmarks together and seperately, etc.

If anyone can help me that would be greatly appreciated. Oh and I haven't heard those weird winding down sounds since I've had the HDD installed in my second new rig. This winding sound happened after I did a 100+ GB transfer to it for reference. I have had the data plugs removed before and nothing happened so I didn't think it would be a problem.
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Hopefully someone will actually come into this section lol...
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AFAIK you can't stop a rebuild once it has begun with the GUI, but you can do it using the command line:

PDRbld
Description
Start, stop, or display the progress of a physical disk rebuild. The command begins immediately if
not in DOS. The drive affected must be part of an array and have sufficient capacity.
Syntax
CmdTool2 -PDRbld –Start | -Stop | -ShowProg | -ProgDsply –PhysDrv [E0:Sn....] -
a[controller]
Parameters
–a[controller]: The RAID controller affected by the command
–Start: Start the physical disk rebuild
-Stop: Stop the physical disk rebuild
-ShowProg: Displays a snapshot of the ongoing rebuild
-ProgDsply: Displays the rebuild progress until completion or until a key is pressed
Example
CmdTool2 –PDRbld -Start –PhysDrv[E0:S0] –a0


You can boot with one HDD - the array will simply show up as degraded.
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AFAIK you can't stop a rebuild once it has begun with the GUI, but you can do it using the command line:

PDRbld
Description
Start, stop, or display the progress of a physical disk rebuild. The command begins immediately if
not in DOS. The drive affected must be part of an array and have sufficient capacity.
Syntax
CmdTool2 -PDRbld –Start | -Stop | -ShowProg | -ProgDsply –PhysDrv [E0:Sn....] -
a[controller]
Parameters
–a[controller]: The RAID controller affected by the command
–Start: Start the physical disk rebuild
-Stop: Stop the physical disk rebuild
-ShowProg: Displays a snapshot of the ongoing rebuild
-ProgDsply: Displays the rebuild progress until completion or until a key is pressed
Example
CmdTool2 –PDRbld -Start –PhysDrv[E0:S0] –a0


You can boot with one HDD - the array will simply show up as degraded.
Thank you for the information! +Rep
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