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Checking hard drive integrity of a RAID 5 partition on a dell server with Perc 6/i controller card

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We have sbs 2003 r2 running on a dell poweredge t300 with 4 SATA drives and a PERC 6/i controller card.
What is the right way to do a check disk on this configuration?

checkdisk from inside windows on the C drive
Openmanage check consistency of the virtual disk?  
Some other way?

thanks!
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Chkdsk is a file system integrity check, so has it's place, but is insufficient.

You need to perform a consistency check (either within the BIOS or windows,linux based utility)
This checks all blocks of all disks and not only repairs any XOR inconsistencies, but also reads all blocks on all devices to clear up any unreadable blocks.

This is something you should run weekly.

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/storage/RAID/PERC6/en/UG/HTML/chapterd.htm#wp1077206
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thanks.  would you know if it creates a log anywhere?  It ran and didn't say anything.  that link talks about it automatically correcting errors.  I'd like to know if it found any even if it automatically fixes them : )
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The perc 6/i family does create a log, (well, the LSI board that Dell OEMs as the 6/i has a log).  The windows-based utility you can download from the dell site *probably* reports it.  I don't know.
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