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How Can I Check If The Drive Is Being Mirrored

Posted on 2006-10-24
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Good Day,
I Have A Win 2003 Server With Citrix Loaded. 2 Hard Drives. Drive 0 Has The OS And All Info On It And Drive 1 Is The Mirror. I Would Like to Know How Can Check If Drive 0 Is Actually Being Mirrored. In Win Explorer I See Drive 0 And 1 But When I Click On Drive 1 It Is Empty. The Properties Of Drive 1 Also Shows That It Is Empty.
Your Time And Assistance IS Greatly Appreciated.
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If you are asuming that you have harware raid than you should not at all see the second disk.
The raid controller will only show you 1 disk and write all data written to this disk automaticly to the second disk in background. The second disk will not be seen by windows.

This is when you are using hardware raid. So there is an extra raid controller installed in your server (mostly the case with servers)

let me know if you are using software raid instead of hardware raid.... (wouldn't know why you would be using software raid but still ;) )
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The fact that you see both drives indicates that the Raid mirror is not setup or not working properly. Hardware or Software Raid will only show you one drive.
If Windows/Software raid, you would see both drives in Computer Management (right click My Computer, Manage), Disk Management. You would see both drives, but they would be color coded and marked as being part of Raid1.  As knuffel indicated... software raid is not a good idea. It is generally not reliable.
Hardware raid would show some kind of initialzation upon bootup before windows starts.
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