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why does RAID take hours to initialize the disks?

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im asking this because i set up my RAID this morning (1+0, 10 whatever you want to call it) and its only 50% initialized? is it safe to install programs? or should i wait until its finished initializing?
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it is mirroring drivers, that that can take a very long time with bigger drives. I know my sisters raid 1 WD 2tb greens took close to 12 hours to complete.
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Are you using your motherboard or a separate raid controller?
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Originally Posted by thrasherht;14440206 
it is mirroring drivers, that that can take a very long time with bigger drives. I know my sisters raid 1 WD 2tb greens took close to 12 hours to complete.

well mines only a 500GB (466GB according to format) dont you think it should be done by now?

there are 3 WD Caviar 250GB drives in it with my 500GB, one is counted as non existent par RAID 10 you lose 1 drive's free space
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Are you using your motherboard or a separate raid controller?

motherboard, surprisingly i had a choice of two options that were both suggested, i took RAID 10 instead of RAID 01

i have installed intel's rapid storage, but that was it before the windows updates and first restart, which is where i sit now, on initializing disks
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That sounds about right tbh. The servers that I work with at my office have 3 x RAID 0 arrays, they seem to constantly degrade and need to be manually corrected. Each time we place the incomplete disk back into the RAID as a hot spare and it gets picked up by the lacking RAID array it takes the better part of a day for it to complete the mirroring process and that is on a $5,000 dedicated RAID controller card with 250GB SAS drives connected to it.
   
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That sounds about right tbh. The servers that I work with at my office have 3 x RAID 0 arrays, they seem to constantly degrade and need to be manually corrected. Each time we place the incomplete disk back into the RAID as a hot spare and it gets picked up by the lacking RAID array it takes the better part of a day for it to complete the mirroring process and that is on a $5,000 dedicated RAID controller card with 250GB SAS drives connected to it.

so how much time you think im looking at?
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Are they SATA II 7200rpm drives? How full is the main drive?

It might take it 12-24 to complete depending on the above. I would let it complete before you begin installing anything as it may make the initializing phase last longer since it will have to go back and rewrite the changes that you have made to the parent drive.
   
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I have never done a RAID 10 on the motherboard but on a perc with 10k rpm drives, it took a while but I let it go over night so I dont have an exact time, but it was under 8 hours.
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Originally Posted by Canis-X;14440379 
Are they SATA II 7200rpm drives? How full is the main drive?

It might take it 12-24 to complete depending on the above. I would let it complete before you begin installing anything as it may make the initializing phase last longer since it will have to go back and rewrite the changes that you have made to the parent drive.

they are all sata II 7200RPM drives, main drive(the 500GB WD Black) was wiped and only has windows atm, these other 3 are WDs specifically designed for RAID server drives
the caviar RE series(raid edition)
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