Two weeks ago I installed 6 new hard disks (HP 500GB 6G 7.2K SFF 2.5-inch 2-ports SAS DualPort Midline, 507610-B21) in a "HP DL 380 G5" with a "Smart Array P400" (RAM Firmware Revision 2.08, ROM Firmware Revision 2.08).
I created a new logical disk with 5 physical disk in RAID 5 and a spare drive (array B):
[...] => ctrl all show config
Smart Array P400 in Slot 1 (sn: P61620D9SUKHBP)
array A (SAS, Unused Space: 0 MB)
logicaldrive 1 (136.7 GB, RAID 1, OK) physicaldrive 2I:1:1 (port 2I:box 1:bay 1, SAS, 146 GB, OK) physicaldrive 2I:1:2 (port 2I:box 1:bay 2, SAS, 146 GB, OK)
array B (SAS, Unused Space: 0 MB)
logicaldrive 2 (1.8 TB, RAID 5, OK) physicaldrive 1I:1:5 (port 1I:box 1:bay 5, SAS, 500 GB, OK) physicaldrive 1I:1:6 (port 1I:box 1:bay 6, SAS, 500 GB, OK) physicaldrive 1I:1:7 (port 1I:box 1:bay 7, SAS, 500 GB, OK) physicaldrive 2I:1:3 (port 2I:box 1:bay 3, SAS, 500 GB, OK) physicaldrive 2I:1:4 (port 2I:box 1:bay 4, SAS, 500 GB, OK) physicaldrive 1I:1:8 (port 1I:box 1:bay 8, SAS, 500 GB, OK, spare)
After that I could create the filesystem on It, mount It and use It without any issue. My problem is that One week later the controller still was initializing parity.
[...] Array: B Interface Type: SAS Unused Space: 0 MB Status: OK
Logical Drive: 2 Size: 1.8 TB Fault Tolerance: RAID 5 Heads: 255 Sectors Per Track: 32 Cylinders: 65535 Stripe Size: 64 KB Status: OK Array Accelerator: Enabled Parity Initialization Status: In Progress Unique Identifier: 600508B10010443953554B484250000C Disk Name: /dev/cciss/c0d1 Mount Points: /buzonesdir 1.8 TB OS Status: LOCKED Logical Drive Label: A0C36F2EP61620D9SUKHBPA42A
At that moment, trying to speed up the parity initialization, I increased the rebuild and expand priority from "medium" to "high". But, one week later (working with high priority) the "Parity Initialization Status" is still "In Progress". Do you know if this is normal and I should let It continue working? Do you know any way to check if really "Parity initialization" is being done and how long It will last? Thank you very much.