Dell Prec 690 RAID1

Got a new Precision 690 w/ 3 - HD's...
2 - 73 Gb SUS drives....1 - 300Gb SUS drive...
The controller is a SUS 5/i hardware controller...

We want to install our own XP OS then ghost the machine for additional 690's we might be getting...

I went into the SUS Configuration Utility, created RAID1 and activated it for RAID1...
I pulled the RAID drivers from the Dell site and successfully installed our XP OS...

After the XP install, I went back into the SUS Configuration Utililty and found Synchronize Array has not been done...

Question...

Do I schronize the array BEFORE or AFTER I install XP..???

If I should have done it before the XP install, I can break the array and start over...

Thanx
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Steve MutchlerIT TechAsked:
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sifueditionCommented:
This sounds like a sas5i/r rather than a sas5/i.  The sas5/i card does not support raid.  You should be ok to synchronize now.  That is the process by which both halves of the mirror are made consistent.  This should only be an available option if the array is not working, somehow.  I would not recommend breaking the array.  If I remember correctly, when you break an array the disks become independant of eachother and you cannot restore the redundancy (I may be thinking of a different controller, however).  Anyways, you should be able to synchronize the array safely.  As always, if there is important data, make sure that is backed up first, just in case.
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Steve MutchlerIT TechAuthor Commented:
Thanx Sifuedition...

Still in the process of building the image...I went ahead and synchronized the drives...
I am documenting the process, so I'm going to break the array and re-do it so I can get all the steps documented accurately for our other techs...

My real question was....

Does it make any difference if I synchronize before I install the OS...???

Thanx for your help,,,

Steve
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sifueditionCommented:
I would would be better to synchronize before installing just because there is less data written to the array but it shouldn't make any difference.  Well, unless the synchronize fails.  If you haven't installed yet, you haven't wasted any time.
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Steve MutchlerIT TechAuthor Commented:
Sifuedition...
That's what I thought, although I installed the OS then did the sync...

I just wasn;t sure if it made any difference...

Thanx
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