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Online Drive Replacement: BTRFS with RAID 6

on a testing machine I installed four HDDs and they are configured as RAID6. For a test I removed one of the drives (/dev/sdk) while the volume was mounted and data was written to it. This worked ...
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mdadm: Reactivating RAID6 array after improper shutdown

I have a seven-disk RAID6 array on a file server. The server experienced a crash and a hard reset was required, resulting in an improper shutdown. Note that I/O activity was likely occurring on the ...
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Is it possible to convert a btrfs RAID5 to a RAID6 with the same disks without losing data?

How would I convert an existing RAID5 (single parity) btrfs setup to a dual parity RAID6 configuration given enough free available disk space, using the same disks, without swapping out data ? ...
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Is RAID1 or similar needed for btrfs/ZFS to protect against bit rot?

I'm running a file server using Linux software raid, set up as raid6. As filesystem I've chosen btrfs. However, I'm not using btrfs own raid6 implementation as it's not very stable yet. So basically, ...
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why does raid 6 require at least 4 disks?

For a non-degraded RAID 6 array, why do most implementations and documentation require at least 4 drives? Why can't it have 3 disks, 1 data and 2 parity? Why force a minimum of 2 data and 2 parity? ...
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Windows Server Software RAID 6

I want to set up a software RAID 6 configuration, but in Windows Server 2008 it only lets me do up to RAID 5. In Server 2012 I saw they have this new thing called "Storage Spaces" which sounds neat, ...
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Can RAID 1 have more than two drives?

Recently I had a discussion with a teacher of mine. He was claiming that you could set up RAID 1 with five drives and that the data would be mirrored over all of these drives. I told him a RAID 1 ...
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mdadm: superblock on /dev/sdd1 doesn't match others - assembly aborted

OS: Debian Squeeze Kernel: 2.6.32-5-amd64 mdadm version: 3.1.4 (31 August 2010) mdarrays md1 = raid1 (this is working) (devices: /dev/sd[fg]1) md0 = raid6 (previously raid5, ...