Changing the Initialize Method

The initialize, or build, method determines how a logical drive is prepared for reading and writing and how long initialization will take.

You can choose one of the initialization methods below when you create a new logical drive with the Custom Configuration wizard. (The methods are presented in order of slowest to fastest.) You can change the initialization method of an existing logical drive only when you expand the logical drive (see Increasing the Capacity of a Logical Drive).

  • Build—(slowest) For RAID 1 logical drives, data is copied from the primary drive to the mirror drive; for RAID 5 logical drives, parity is computed and written. maxView Storage Manager performs Build initializations in the background; you can use the logical drive immediately. Build is the default setting for most logical drives
  • Clear—Every block in the logical drive is overwritten with zeros, removing all existing data. You cannot use the logical drive until the initialization is complete.
  • Quick—(fastest) The logical drive is made available immediately. Quick is the default setting for RAID 1, RAID 1EE, and RAID 10 logical drives. It is recommended for use only with new drives.
  • Skip Initialization—Reconstructs the logical drive meta-data without modifying or destroying other data on the disks. Useful for recovering data when multiple drives fail in the same logical drive. For more information, see Multiple Disk Drive Failures in the Same Logical Drive.

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