RAID 1 set needs rebuild every time Windows shuts down improperly
Posted on 2011-05-12
A few months ago I put a 4-port SATA RAID card by Silicon Image in my Windows Vista desktop.
I set it up with to RAID 1 sets, the first for C:, the other for a D: data drive.
I find, though, that when Windows runs into a problem bad enough that it shuts down improperly, the RAID 1 set for C: needs to be rebuilt. It will boot and try to rebuild as it runs, but that leaves Windows running quite slowly with freeze-ups that drive me batty.
A rebuild using the RAID utility that loads just after the BIOS takes about 4 hours. This being my #1 line-of-business machine, I'm not happy with that.
Is there a RAID solution that is not so susceptible to improper shutdowns? Perhaps a more expensive card? If so, what feature would I look for? My new motherboard (Asus M4A785-M) does offer RAID capabilities. Would I do better to use it instead of the add-in card?