Hi, Recently I did a custom build for a client with two 1 TB Western Digital Black Hardrives in a RAID 1 Array. I did this in order to have one more possible failsafe against very important information on the computer (Beyond the normal monthly backup of course!). On this computer, the Operating System (Windows 8 64-Bit is installed on the RAID Array drives. Ever since I did the build and checked back on the client, the system seems to run slow. For instance, sometimes it will take 5 seconds for the popup window to show up once I have right clicked on the homescreen.
I am wondering if this is due to the fact that the operating system was installed on the RAID?
The other specs on the computer are NOT low end and thus it seems that I should be experiencing good speeds on the computer
Benchmarks: HD Tune: Intel Raid 1 Volume Benchmark
Transfer Rate Minimum : 1.6 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Maximum : 128.7 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Average : 68.3 MB/sec
Access Time : 13.9 ms
Burst Rate : 1281.3 MB/sec
CPU Usage : 3.3%
EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2662-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
RAID 1: Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9R
Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock
If this is the case and the computer is slow due to the fact that it is constantly trying to sync the RAID hardrives, How would I go about installing the OS on a new SSD without having to buy and install a new copy of Windows? (Sorry, I have little experience with changing OS boot drives)
Windows 8 is not a server OS. RAID 1 shouldn't slow things down. I didn't see specs for a RAID controller. A motherboard's onboard RAID controllers are usually garbage compared to add in RAID cards. If this is a business they should be making backups more than once a month as any malware or accidental file deletion will render the server useless, RAID or not. That said, RAID 1 will usually perform about the same as a single drive (read) and a little slower for writes as it has to write the data to two drives. Some RAID controllers will read in stripes. That helps increase read speeds. I would not expect this of an onboard RAID controller.