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Easy one: Windows software for monitoring RAID 1 arrays

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I have a machine with 2 hard drives configured in a RAID 1 (mirror) array.  In WinXP there is no apprarent way to determine that these drives are in fact mirrored, as they simply display as one drive in My Computer, which is fine.

However, the other day I booted up the machine and briefly saw a message (pre-Windows) that a re-build was taking place.  Although the guy on the helpdesk assures me that this is perfectly okay, are there any tools that can be obtained (freely!) for WinXP that can monitor the status of RAID 1 arrays?

The thing that concerns me is if 1 drive fails, how do I know which drive to replace?
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by:Christopher McKay
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That would depend on the RAID controller you're using.

Can you tell us what RAID controller you're using in the system?

:o)

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by:Metropoliten
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hi there,
read this link carefully,
here is writen how to detect and fix drive failure.
http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Software-RAID-HOWTO-6.html
it should help
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by:Rouchie
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>>That would depend on the RAID controller you're using.

Yes, according to the text that appears during boot time, it is SATA
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by:Christopher McKay
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Do you have a brand name for the controller? Did it come with the computer, or is is a card you bought seperately?
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by:Rouchie
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It came with the machine, which is quite new.  Ironically I can't get into the RAID manager software during boot-up because it requires me to press a keyboard combination, and my wireless usb keyboard doesn't seem to be active at that point!  Anyway, the stuff I can decipher from DOS says this:

Sil 3112D SATARaid
© Silicon Image
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by:Rouchie
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Is anyone still contributing to this post?  I have increased points to hopefully generate a quick close.
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I apologize for the delay in getting back to you.

Page 26 and on of this pdf: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/FileList/NewTech/old_motherboard_newtech/tech_silicon_image_3112_e_002.pdf
appears to have information regarding a GUI for your RAID.

If you do not already have this software on your system, then you will need to download it from the motherboard manufacturer's website.

:o)

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