A linux utility used to manage software RAID devices.

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Safe to blank MBR of a disk after adding it to an RAID1 array with mdadm?

I created a RAID1 array of two disks, /dev/sda and /dev/sdb, using mdadm. After several booting problems related to the BIOS and SATA/RAID controller of the board, I accidently created some new ...
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How to proceed after creating software RAID 1 array on Linux

So, I've created a RAID 1 array using two 500 GB hard drives. I used a Linux Mint Boot Disk, and then used mdadm to create the RAID 1 array using 2 hard drives, each which has a single primary ...
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HDDs occasionally “click” and dump this error

Every once in a while, my HDDs (6 1TB drives in a Linux md RAID-6 array) make a brief "click" sound, and I get this from dmesg. I don't really have any clue how to start diagnose this, or even how ...
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Cloning md partitions for recovery

I have a failed software RAID5 (3x500GB disks) that I'm trying to recover. I don't want to try some of the more risky steps on the actual disks, so I want to clone them to new partitions on a new 3TB ...
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I reinstalled ubuntu and now I don't see my RAID drive

I originally had a Ubuntu 12.04 system with RAID5 array that I built using mdadm. Due to issues with graphics drivers, the 12.04 system crashed and I had to reinstall the operating system. After ...
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move mdadm raid to new system

Have a 4-drive Ubuntu mdadm raid in a system whose motherboard (ASUS N1996) failed permanently. I tried putting the 4 drives in another system with a different motherboard, but when it came up it ...
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MDADM RAID-0 does not increased size after grow on AWS Linux with EBS

I wanted to grew a Raid0 from 2 disks to 3 (each 1TB EBS on Amazon AWS) but the size did not change thereafter. The RAID started with two disks sdc and sdd and the new one was sdf. Here is the grow-...
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mdadm one disk sometimes is missing after reboot

On a debian system my home directory is on a raid1 md array. After creation it worked fine for some time, but once the second drive disappeared from the array. # cat /proc/mdstat Personalities : [...
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New mdadm RAID vanish after reboot

I have problems with mdadm after reboot, I can't reassemble /dev/md0 . I work on debian wheezy. I have done the following steps:: sudo mdadm --create --verbose /dev/md0 --level=6 --raid-devices=4 /...
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Linux MD software raid stripe cache size

From what I can piece together the /sys/block/md0/md/stripe_cache_size is for raid5 and 6 set at a very low default value to avoid starving machines for memory. By increasing this value you can get a ...
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Can I pass disks through Hyper-V to a Linux VM for md RAID on any hardware?

I toyed with the idea in the past few months of virtualizing a workstation machine (with ESXi/Xen/etc), basically having it run some very basic server stuff behind the scenes; this was more of an ...
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Failed Software RAID0 on Linux - Attempting to recover data

I have a two disk RAID0 software raid (not hardware raid) that is reported to have failed during boot and my OS won't start. Using a Live CD, I get the following output : sudo mdadm -E /dev/sdc1 /...
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mdadm: Win7-install created a boot partition on one of my RAID6 drives. How to rebuild?

My problem happened when I attempted to install Windows 7 on it's own SSD. The Linux OS I used which has knowledge of the software RAID system is on a SSD that I disconnected prior to the install. ...
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Redundancy: LVM+mdadm or LVM internal RAID

The task is to create LVM storage for virtual machine images. So LVM will be used in any case. There are two ways LVM providing redundancy: block mirroring lvcreate -m 1 --mirrorlog mirrored -n ...
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mdadm partiton not large enough to join array

I've used Linux on and off for the last many years, mainly as dual boot or as Virtual Machines, but when I decided to build a Dev Laptop I though I'd bite the bullet and put Linux on as the base OS. ...
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Ubuntu Server 14.04 - RAID5 created with mdadm disappears after reboot

This is my first question on superuser, so if I forgot to mention something, please ask. I'm trying to set up a home server which will be used as file server and media server. I installed Ubuntu ...
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Hybrid Raid-1 HDD + SSD — Write Intent Bitmap

I am currently running a laptop with 1 HDD and 1SSD. I currently am using mdadm to put some partitions in a raid 1 configuration with --perfer-write set on the HDD. I have this working correctly ...
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Understanding /proc/mdstat [U_] VS [_U]

My server is set up with raid1. A few nights ago sda fell out completely and data was corrupted. I replaced the drive, cloned the partition table and added the respective arrays. While adding sda3 (...
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Is there a safe way to move a partition beneath a linux software RAID5 using mdadm?

Suppose, for example, that you have a RAID5 across multiple disks and you would like to retire the oldest of the disks and replace it with something from this decade. I know I can fail the partition ...
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How do I recover data from only a single drive in RAID 1 setup on Synology DS214+ NAS?

I'm doing this so I know how to recover my data in case the NAS itself dies out and I'm only left with just a single drive from the 2nd bay (or from the 1st bay). Setup Synology DS214+ NAS 2x 4TB ...
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Is there a way to show RAID details in a similar way to MDADM?

I find mdadm --detail <device> very useful when I need to know what is going on with the device (/proc/mdadm too). Example: /dev/md0: Version : 1.2 Creation Time : Mon Mar 4 08:35:...
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Recover software RAID

I built a RAID-1 with two hard drives using mdadm. Command used was: mdadm --create /dev/md0 --level=1 --raid-devices=2 /dev/sdb /dev/sdc it went fine, I create partition table and partitions in it,...
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mdadm large memory consumption

Hi i'm build mdadm RAID 6 (8 WD Red 3 Tb) on ubuntu 13.10x64 server with ext4 fs When i download torrent on the array, server RAM is filled for maximum cap (8 Gb) memory is free when i manualy enter ...
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mdadm --assemble fails when /dev/sd[abcde]1 reordered

I am having trouble assembling a small RAID5 due to a recurring reordering of /dev/sd[a-f] on boot (Debian7). md0 was initially using sd[abc]1, it contains a LUKS device, which in turn contains a ...
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Converting LVM/EXT4 to ZFS without losing data

I have a home media server with 2 x 3TB drives in it. Its currently set up using mdraid (1), LVM and EXT4. The setup was done using the ncurses Ubuntu Server installer. Goal Convert the setup to use ...
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Checking if Luks header is damaged

Is there any way to check if the Luks container header is damaged? My luks container is refusing to be opened with its keyfile, saying No key available with this pass-phrase. History of what happened:...
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XFS: Mount overrides sunit and swidth options

I have a 9TB XFS partition consisting of four 3TB disks in a RAID-5 array with a chunk size of 256KB, using MDADM. When I created the partition, the optimal stripe unit and width values (64 and 192 ...
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mdadm: faulty Array, how to get recover as much as possible?

I have a RAID5 with 4 Disks in my PC. All of them were healthy (and the RAID itself) until before. I tried to install windows 8.1 which automatically creates this "SystemReserved"-Partition. The ...
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What are the risks of running a software RAID 1 array in degraded mode?

I'm replacing my workstation's system drive and would like to in the future be able to easily add a second drive to form a proper (although software) RAID 1 mirror. For the time being, however, I'm ...
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Non Raid - Symbolic links

I have 3x 3TB drives and 2x 1TB drives. I want to use all drives without RAID, but to be shown as a single volume. So that if a drive fails only the information on that failed drive will be lost. ...
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RAID10 Recovery

I had a RAID10 array fail a few nights ago, I have to admit that I am fairly lost on all of this. I have googled this extensively and I don't understand what is going on. If anyone here can provide ...
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Adding sda1 vs. sda to a linux software raid

I'm running a Linux md software RAID 6 on several USB hard-drives. Each drive is partitioned to contain one partition of type fd (linux raid). My RAID is built on these partitions, i.e. it uses sda1, ...
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How do I prevent anacron from running certain scripts?

I am running RHEL5 and software RAID (mdadm). Currently I allow the 99-raid-check weekly cron script to run at the normal time (early Sunday morning). However, if the system is off during that time it ...
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XFS in-memory corruption after hibernate

I am constantly getting the below errors with XFS filesystem present on software raid-1 which was then converted to 3-disk raid-5. Errors happen exclusively after hibernate, normally either ...
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Assembling an mdadm array with “possibly out of date” disks

I've recently moved house and have had some power problems after switching on my file server that's using a mdadm RAID5 set up. The file system I'm using is ext4. It seems that at some point two (of ...
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/dev partition missing, so mdadm broken. How to get Linux to see partition?

Upgraded a Linux box and changed out the root drives. There was a RAID-5 array of three SATA drives that I moved over (not root). Reinstalled the OS but was CentOS 6.4 before and after. # mdadm --...
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Create a mdadm raid mirror of an existing lvm

Hello I'm trying to figure out how I can create a pretty strange mdadm mirror of my lvm. I have 4 disks, (sda,b,c,d). Each disk has 2 partitions: 1Gb - physical volume 500mb - Swap My system lvm ...
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Is it safe to “use” to disk if extended smart check is in progress?

As simple as the title suggests. /dev/sda is a unit from /dev/md127 - RAID1 drive. I'm currently running a test - started a smartctl -t long /dev/sda. Afterwards, I started to copy files over ...
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erased md0, md1 and can't recreate them

I previously had a working RAID 1 array. I think as a result of running grub-install /dev/sdb and grub-install /dev/sdc I somehow wiped my computer of md0 and md1. I need to set them up again. When ...
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mdadm RAID 1 - spare drive after SATA cable change

Yesterday, my hosting provider changed a SATA cable of one of my HDDs. When my server came back up again, cat /proc/mdstat showed this: Personalities : [raid1] md124 : active raid1 sda1[0] ...
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Is `dmsetup remove` safe with respect to contained data?

I have a "lost" SW RAID array as described in this question: http://askubuntu.com/questions/311024/raid1-array-lost-after-upgrade-from-ubuntu-11-10-to-13-04. I have now identified a way to mount one ...
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Documentation for mdadm bad block support

I've read a bit about that mdadm (and the kernel) now have bad block support but I am having a hard time finding any useful documentation on this subject. Is the bad block list for disk X duplicated ...
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Upon reboot, Linux software raid fails to include one device of a RAID1 array

One of my four Linux software raid arrays drops one of its two devices when I reboot my system. The other three arrays work fine. I am running RAID1 on kernel version 2.6.32-5-amd64 (Debian Squeeze). ...
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Convert RAID 1 to RAID 10 in mdadm

In my current Ubuntu server, I have 2x 2TB Western Digital RED hard drives in a RAID 1, using mdadm. I would like to add 2 more 2TB RED drives, and convert it to a RAID 10. I realize I would have to ...
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Writing to a specific drive with software RAID4 on Linux

Edited to reflect conclusions from comments: I want to construct a software RAID-like array with 2 storage devices plus one parity device, where the parity device maintains the XOR of the two other ...
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How to add extra sata drives to desktop server

I have an ubuntu 12.04 machine with a raid using mdadm. The motherboard has 8 sata ports which are all being used, and I would like to add more hard drives to it. What's the easiest/best way to add a ...
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How to remove Linux software RAID MD device?

I'm trying to install openSUSE 12.3 on the new server. It is this machine. There are 2 HDDs connected to the SAS controller. What I want to achieve is a NON-RAID configuration where 1.HDD is used for ...
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Bad superblock on /dev/md0

I have an mdadm RAID 5 array running on Debian Wheezy. It's comprised of 3x 2TB drives. I've obviously done something stupid, because now I can't mount it and it's throwing up the following error: ...
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blkid not returning the correct UUID/label for drive

I have 7 drives in my server (running Debian Wheezy as dom0 for a Xen hypervisor): An 80GB system drive, 3 x 2TB drives, a 1TB drive and 2x 500GB drives. The 2TB drives are all part of an mdadm RAID ...
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How do I reactivate my MDADM RAID5 array?

I've just moved house which involved dismantling my server and re-connecting it. Since doing so, one of my MDADM RAID5 arrays is appearing as inactive: root@mserver:/tmp# cat /proc/mdstat ...