When the "Quick Init" option is used to create an array, the "Build" process is bypassed. While this is the fastest method for creating a RAID array, it is only recommended for use with new drives. Data can be written to the drive, but performance will be impacted while the array is in Quick Init mode.
In order to get the array into an Optimal state, a Verify with Fix must be initiated from Storage Manager. This process will ensure that any inconsistencies are repaired and for a RAID 5, parity will be recalculated.
This is done through the Storage Manager Browser Edition software, which is no longer suggested to be used, or with the currently supported version of Adaptec Storage Manager.
To initiate Verify in SMBE (Storage Manager Browser Edition), do the following:
•Select the array
•Then click the Tasks button
•Go to the New Task tab and create a Verify task for the array
Once that Verify runs and completes, the array Status will change to “Optimal".
If using the Adaptec Storage Manager 2.12 or higher, proceed as follows:
•Launch Adaptec Storage Manager
•Locate the Logical drive: Although the Status will show a Status of Optimal, it is still in Quick Init mode.
•Right click on the Logical drive and choose "Verify with fix".
•The process can either be scheduled to run at a later date and time or started immediately - click either "Yes" or "Schedule".
•After a short delay, the status will change to "Building/Verifying: 0%", then 1%, 2%, etc.
•When the process completes, the status will change to Optimal.
If using the Arcconf command console the following command can be issued to verify the array and bring it to an optimal status:
TASK START LOGICALDRIVE [noprompt]
TASK STOP LOGICALDRIVE
Controller# is the controller number
LogicalDrive# is the number of the logical drive in which the task is to be performed
Logical drive options:
- verify_fix (Verify with fix) — verifies the logical drive redundancy and repairs the drive if bad data is found.
- verify — verifies the logical drive redundancy without repairing bad data.
- clear — removes all data from the drive.
For further details please see the Adaptec Storage Manager or Command Line Utility (CLI) User's Guide.