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Windows 7: W7 RAID1 Mirror - HDD constantly in use

23 May 2013   #1
sparrow

W7 Pro x64
 
 
W7 RAID1 Mirror - HDD constantly in use

Hi all

I'm running a software RAID 1 set up on a couple of WD Green HDD. It's been performing well for the last year or so.
Over the last week or so the hard drives have started running pretty much flat out. Annoyingly there's nothing in Resource Monitor to show what's causing this, and the drives both show as healthy in Disk Manager.

I tried uninstalling Microsoft Security Essentials as well as MBAM, then rebooted, but that made no difference. The drives run until shutdown, and then start straight up again as soon as the computer boots.

Any help with diagnosing this appreciated.


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23 May 2013   #2
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

try disabling indexing on that drives. Write "indexing options" in the search box in the Start menu to open the panel.
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23 May 2013   #3
sparrow

W7 Pro x64
 
 

Turns out one of the drives was failing, as the mirror is now showing errors. At least I've found the problem.
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23 May 2013   #4
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Sounds like it was trying to rebuild the RAID array because it wasn't an exact mirror anymore. I'd definitely back everything up and get another drive soon.
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24 May 2013   #5
sparrow

W7 Pro x64
 
 

That drive's already out, broken the mirror so I have access to the data, and all data backed up to a spare drive until I can get a replacement and rebuild the array.
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