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So I recently setup a RAID 1 array with two F3 1TB drives using IRST on an ASRock E4G3 board. It worked fine. I added the second drive, the data copied over and I thought I was good.

WRONG.

I've been recently trying to organize over 500GB of data that I've let slip over the years, which is mostly media in the form of nikon's raw files. I keep having a major issue with my array constantly going herp derp over itself. Basically both drives are constantly spinning up and spinning down and the drive heads are moving all over the place and it's hanging my computer every time I move files around. I can hear them. I attempted to play a movie for the first time since setting up the array and I can't even get that to work without having it hang.

Is there something wrong with my array or what? I honestly have no idea what the heck is going on as this is my first RAID 1 in years...
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post #2 of 11
I wouldn't set up a RAID using an onboard utility. I would get a separate RAID card for under 20 bucks. When you use an onboard RAID, your RAID is now dependent on that motherboard, if the motherboard dies then it's going to be a hassle to get your data back. Also, I've noticed that onboard RAID utilities can be unreliable.


Switching to a RAID card will probably solve all of your issues.
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Honestly I only went to RAID1 because I couldn't find a decent backup program.

If you're familiar with macs at all, there's a fantastic program called carbon copy cloner. It basically makes 1:1 clones of drives super easy and will only backup the data that has changed. But I cannot for the love of god find anything as awesome as that for PCs and it's killing my soul.


Edit// At this point I'm almost ready to just wipe everything and start from new everything, but I really can't afford the downtime at this exact moment...
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post #4 of 11
I would recommend getting a PCI / PCI-E RAID card.. sounds like your current RAID card is having a bit of a "herp derp" .. whatever that means. smile.gif
 
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post #5 of 11
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Honestly I only went to RAID1 because I couldn't find a decent backup program.
If you're familiar with macs at all, there's a fantastic program called carbon copy cloner. It basically makes 1:1 clones of drives super easy and will only backup the data that has changed. But I cannot for the love of god find anything as awesome as that for PCs and it's killing my soul.
Edit// At this point I'm almost ready to just wipe everything and start from new everything, but I really can't afford the downtime at this exact moment...


I also cannot find a backup program for mac that compares to the programs available for PC. On a PC i use Cobian backup, its free and its awesome. I've used carbon before, i believe its out for windows as well. However, everything feels inferior to backup programs on Windows.
post #6 of 11
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Well, I managed to get the 2 drives back to individuals without any data loss! Basically I just killed the array in IRST, changed the BIOS back to AHCI, and then set the SSD back to the boot since I got the "BOOTMGR is missing" error. Now I'm back to normal and everything is fine again. No mysterious spin ups/down/head movement as of yet.


I have no idea what happened, but I kind of want RAID1 back, but that was such a pain in the ass.
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post #7 of 11
I would get a PCI RAID card and try again with one of those. You can find a RAID card for under $20, however it's only SATA 2 and only support RAID 1. Newer cards can be pretty pricey.


http://www.microbarn.com/details.aspx?rid=101458

Heres one thats $13 dollars, but like I said, its only SATA 2.
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heres an 8 port RAID card smile.gif

I have a HP Smart Array E200 in my server, love that RAID card, its so quick..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816101358
 
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heres an 8 port RAID card smile.gif

I have a HP Smart Array E200 in my server, love that RAID card, its so quick..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816101358

The smart arrays are pretty flawless. they do a good job reporting any errors as well. I have about 10 smart arrays implemented on some of the servers I have at my clients locations.

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The smart arrays are pretty flawless. they do a good job reporting any errors as well. I have about 10 smart arrays implemented on some of the servers I have at my clients locations.
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Good parts come scarce these days.. its hard to find something that actually does its job properly ^_^ the smart array does do its job properly without any crap. I couldn't be more happy with my E200 biggrin.gif
 
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