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Data is automatically cloned on both drives.

If one dies and you boot up, your RAID controller will say "failed drive", but you'll still be able to boot and use your computer completely normally as you have been.

Once you replace the dead drive and add it to your array, the controller will clone the data from the good drive and you'll have redundancy again.
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Originally Posted by beers;11777490 
Data is automatically cloned on both drives.

If one dies and you boot up, your RAID controller will say "failed drive", but you'll still be able to boot and use your computer completely normally as you have been.

Once you replace the dead drive and add it to your array, the controller will clone the data from the good drive and you'll have redundancy again.

Q:
Does it do everything automatically? Or do you have drivers that monitor the health of both drives or whatever?
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Is this for dedicated raid controllers? or onboard? do they work the same?
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Your array will only show up as one drive in 'My Computer'.
Every time you send a write to this 'drive', all members of the array write it at the same time.
Therefore, it's completely automatic.

You can use RAID 1 on a controller or an onboard solution.
Also, on software from within Windows or using mdadm on Linux.

Drive health is still monitored through SMART.
Once you re-add a replacement drive the controller automatically rebuilds your data.
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So if one drive fails and I need my data fast, can I still get to it through my computer with the other drive that hasn't failed?
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Yep.
Even if a drive dies your computer continues to function like business as usual.
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do you have intel rapid storage technology installed if not do so it will let you know what is doing what for the raid
    
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Awesome! Just wanted to know in case it ever happened. Thanks!

I have Intel RST too, but I wasn't sure what would happen if something did go wrong, it's my first RAID array ever. lol
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