Update: I ran the command:
And it produced a result which basically said the root partition was busy resyncing with about 10 percent completed so far and an ETA of being finished of some number over 4000. So... it seemed to be working. But I'm planing to go hardware raid now so I didn't really care to keep this from being interrupted; I plan to rebuild the system with a controller later. One thing that I did do that made me feel a lot better about the stability of the system was disconnect the secondary SATA drive and leave the primary attached and started back up, so I would essentially be running with just one drive. Everything was much snappier after that, so it was clearly the software array that was causing the jittery behavior and more the reason to invest in a controller card.
I have my eye on an Adaptec card, this one in particular:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6816103102
I was wondering if anybody has experience with these cards, thoughts, etc. And if anybody knows of a good guide that talks in detail about how to install these things I'd love to see it. I wanna make sure I know what I'm doing when I set this up (first time I've dealth with a hardware raid controller before).
Thanks in advanced!