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How can I monitor which HD's are spinning or on?

I have a system with several drives.

I have 3 drives in a RAID 5 Array.
One large non-raided SATA drive.

and one IDE HD.

The problem that I am having is that one of my drives is occasionally doing this thing where it spins down (turns off?) and I hear a slight click. Everything I have read tells me this is impending doom for one of my drives...

The problem... WHICH ONE? I am experiencing no problems or issues with my system... The occasional noise that makes my computer sound like a refrigerator though is kind of annoying. (Not to mention the slight fear of an impending failure)

Is there a program that I can use to monitor which drives are actively spinning via software...? I don't want to have to try and unhook drives one at a time... just to TRY and listen for it to NOT make the noise... That seems like a huge hassle...

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tocardx
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nobusCommented:
try hdd  thermometer :  http://www.rsdsoft.com/hdd-thermometer/index.php
i must add i never tried it on a raid config
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tocardxAuthor Commented:
Unfortunately, it only provides temps for 1 of the 5 drives.

The non-raided SATA - It's reporting a healthy temp... but HDDlife already told me that drive is fine.

Also, for edification - I'm on (yuck) Vista.
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tocardxAuthor Commented:
Do I need to raise the point value?
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nobusCommented:
No - that does not help, but you can post pointer Q's in related TA's to attract more attention
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nobusCommented:
i suppose the only thing you can use to get that info is the raid program (soft or hard)
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tocardxAuthor Commented:
My raid doesn't use a program. It's not a software raid, but a hardware raid built into the motherboard.

I have the Intel Matrix Storage Console, but that provides zero data on which drives are spinning, or drive temperature... or really anything I would need to find out which drive might be malfunctioning.

It does tell me that my raid array is healthy.

It does not tell me if any single drive in that array might be having problems, or if the non raid sata drive might be failing, or if the IDE drive might have problems....

Maybe you know of some software for RAID that I have never heard of?
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nobusCommented:
i googled for it, but did not find anything
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tocardxAuthor Commented:
For any experts viewing this, I have definitely not yet received an acceptable solution. I am raising the point value to 500 (despite ill advice to the contrary)
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tocardxAuthor Commented:
ugh, no acceptable answer at all. Nothing even close to helpful... No, i do not know how to close this question without awarding points. I'd say if I HAVE to award some points that nobus could have about 50 just for trying... However, I received zero in the way of real help from the answers presented thus far.
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rindiCommented:
Only High quality raid controllers have the ability to read out the individual drive data. Those that are often built into standard mainboards and aren't made for servers like the intel one you are using don't have that ability. The utility you installed, the "Intel Matrix Storage Console", can't provide you with SMART data etc. But if it tells you that the raid is healthy, all drives are spinning and OK, then there is nothing to report. If one of the drives goes down, then this utility will tell you that, and it will show you which of the drives isn't running. It won't give any details as to why the drive has failed. To get such info you would have to remove the drive and connect to a standard controller (not raid) and test it there.

To close the Q just follow the instructions I posted in my Link above. You have to open a new Q in the following Zone, http://www.experts-exchange.com/Community_Support/General/#browseZones
and ask for deletion there. You also have to post a Link to this Q there so they know what you are talking about.
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FTLJohnsonCommented:
I really dislike it when volunteers steal points.
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nobusCommented:
rindi ... ?
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