RAID stands for Redundant Array of Independent Disks, and is a technology which can provide increased reliability, performance, and/or redundancy by utilizing multiple hard drives simultaneously. RAID can be implemented in a computer via either a hardware or software controller.

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recover a raid disk which apparently has no errors

For several years now we run a software RAID1 on a old Gentoo box with a custom Linux 2.6.31. The RAID consists of 2 harddisk with 4 partitions each. In the last years it happend about 3-4 times that ...
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Use Intel Rapid Storage Technology with a secondary PCIe RAID card

I have Intel's RST on motherboard using RAID1 (2x2TB) and a boot drive. Trying to add another RAID1 (2x3TB) has failed since RST is limited to 2.2TB for RAID1. Now I've bought another RAID card in ...
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Independence of SATA channels and ports

I'm working on setting up a simple RAID and am wondering about how independent my SATA ports really are. There are 4 ports on the motherboard, but lspci shows only two controllers 00:0e.0 IDE ...
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Trying to rescue data from WD My Book Studio II, raid 0

For a friend I'm trying to recover data from a Western Digital My Book Studio II external disk drive enclosure in raid 0 mode. At first I tried to rescue the data under OSX, the OS used by the ...
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Windows 8 keeps deleting files from RAID drive

I have an ASRock Z77 Extreme4 motherboard with Windows 8 (not Pro). Brand-new computer, built from new parts. I use a 600GB drive (10,000RPM) as boot drive (let's call it HD1) and 2 3TB drives in a ...
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SSD cache to minimise disk uptime

I am planning to build a small server for personal use, utilising a relatively large RAID-5/-6 (or RAID-Z/-Z2) array as main storage. The vast majority of workloads I envision for this would have ...
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How to create RAID array using Disks app in Ubuntu 12.10?

Ubuntu 12.10 has an app called Disks that used to be called "Disk Utility" and "palimpsest". This tool used to be able to create RAID arrays, but on a clean install of Ubuntu 12.10, the app no longer ...
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Cloning Ubuntu mdadm RAID1

I would like to clone a pair of RAID1 drives created with mdadm. I've tried Clonezilla, but there's no native support for mdadm, so it resorts to using dd which is incredibly slow. I've looked for ...
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Does TRIM avoid the performance impact of mdadm RAID 1 on SSD?

It has already been mentioned in other questions that Red Hat recommends against using mdadm RAID 1 on SSD. Red Hat also warns that software RAID levels 1, 4, 5, and 6 are not recommended for use ...
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Booting Windows7 kernel from an initrd/wim image file

I'm wondering if it's possibile to have Win7 kernel and relative drivers (especially storage drivers) to boot from an initrd-like image file (maybe .wim?) and later then mount the windows root ...
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Setting up two external USB hard drive as RAID 1

Is this possible in Windows 7? I know I can periodically sync my files using software like SyncBack but I'm looking for mirroring on the fly. Is there a similar method like RAID 1 that can achieve ...
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Reading or writing with a 4 WD5000AADS drive RAID 5 array drops to 0 speed

Edit, 10/31: Crash-- complete system lockup. Booted computer, had strange lag for visiting ANY webpage in Chrome.. Figured that either a network problem existed, or Chrome could not write to disk ...
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Windows Server 2008 RAID 1 failed. How do I fix it?

I have two 1.5TB drives, set up via a 4-bay external HDD case. It connects via eSATA and USB 2.0. I had it configured as a mirrored RAID 1 in Windows Server 2008. I transferred some data to it and ...
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gdisk doesn't recognize RAID0 disk as size of whole array?

I put in two Samsung 840s at 256GB and RAID-ed them together and installed Windows 8. I'm having trouble using gdisk to get ready to install Linux. gdisk sees the array, /dev/sda0, as a whole ...
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How does performance scale in a single column 2-way mirrored storage space as more disks are added?

In Windows 8.1 Storage Spaces, there seems to be pretty solid evidence that 2-way mirrored storage spaces have performance that improves significantly as more disks are added to the pool as long as ...
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linux - centos won't boot after rebuilding raid

I have a dedicated server with OVH. Yesterday they had to replace one of the HDD because it was about to fail. After replacing the disk, we had to rebuild the RAID and now the server won't boot ...
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MDADM RAID 5 disk missing after reboot

I have a server with 6 disks (4x2TB + 2x4TB). I put the 2TB disks in 2 RAID 0 and the resulting 2 4TB RAIDs with the 2 4TB disks in a RAID 5 array. The RAID works fine until I reboot the server. After ...
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Is it possible to change a Dual SATA RAID enclosure to a NON-RAID enclosure?

just wanna know if it possible to change a Dual SATA RAID enclosure with a normal USB2.0/3.0 enclosure, like change it to single HDD drive. will it have any problem like cannot detect on PC? Cos I ...
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How to enable Samsung EVO 840 mSATA SSD Self Encrypting Drive with Intel RST RAID 0

I have an MSI GT60-2OD (Haswell MB, UEFI enabled w/o CSM) with 3 Samsung EVO 840 mSATA SSD drives in RAID 0 mode (Intel RST AHCI RAID Controller Miniport aka Intel(R) Mobile Express Chipset SATA RAID ...
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How to configure RAID 1 on Intel Rapid Storage, and partitioning design

I would like guidance on setting up a RAID 1 system from BIOS with Intel Rapid Storage. System details: I have Click BIOS II running on a MSI motherboard (Z77A-G43). I also have 2 x 2TB hard drives. ...
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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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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 ...
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ZFS and FreeNAS: Mirror using half a drive

I'm planning to set up a FreeNAS server with two of my spare drives: 1x 1TB drive 1x 2TB drive Both drives are identical besides their capacity and neither has any data on it. Is it possible to ...
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How to install Dell T3500 RAID Drivers via unattend.xml?

I work for a medium sized company and, due to the recent XP phaseout, we're rolling out Windows 7 on newer machines throughout the company. Unfortunately, we've had problems doing so as the computers ...
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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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Dell Studio Slim 540s JBOD RAID

I'm working on a Dell Studio 540s that has dual 750GB drives in what appears to be a JBOD configuration. The computer reports "Missing operating system" at boot. The BIOS appeared to have been ...
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Intel RAID within the motherboard persistence information

I was wondering: where the Intel RAID (fakeraid) controller available on many mainstream motherboard persist the raid information? On the disks or in some solid memory on the motherboard? EDIT BTW I ...
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How to determine cause for failing RAID arrays

I have to investigate a recent increase in failing RAID-1 (Mirror) arrays we're encountering in our installed PC park (10K+ PC's). The problem is twofold: one part of being a pilot phase we started ...
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Repair Windows software RAID 1

I have a Windows software RAID 1 array that has apparently broken without my knowledge (thanks, Windows!). How can I regain control of it? The way I see it, I have two options: Break the Array - ...
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For raid1, does btrfs check which partitions are on the same device?

I have btrfs on two partitions using btrfs's raid1 mode: /dev/sda3 /dev/sdb3 Now I plan to run btrfs device add /dev/sda2 /dev/sdb2, so I'll have four partitions: /dev/sda2 /dev/sda3 /dev/sdb2 ...
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A few questions about windows 7 snapshots

I have been googling a while, but I am a bit confused about Microsoft VSS technology. Currently I am running Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit - everything patched to the latest versions. My system has one ...
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Rebuilding a RAID 1 without data loss, recover from unallocated partition data

• Mobo: ASUS P8Z77-M/Pro Gen 3 • RAM: 32GB (4 x 8GB) • Power Supply: corsair HX850 • HDDs:Configuration before the problem: 1 x 128GB SSD for Windows 7 professional 64-bit 2 x 3TB ...
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SATA-II SSD Raid 0 slow on Windows-7

I have 2 SSDs and made a RAID 0 with the on-board controller of my mainboard. But i only get 130 megabyte/second average read/write speed which seems to be pretty slow for me even for SATA 2 which ...
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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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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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Progressive upgrade of a RAID array

Our group has a 16 disk backup RAID6 array. Currently, those 16 disks have the following specs; 500 GB 16 and 64MB cache 3 Gb/s SATA I would like to begin upgrading these disks if possible, ...
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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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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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Linux kernel 3.9 new storage features howto?

Linux kernel 3.9 has been released, which brings new features for storage cache devices (dm-cache), as well as BTRFS RAID 5/6. These features are undoubtedly sexy, but are all but completely ...
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Software RAID failed to mount after apt-get upgrade

I have a software RAID 10 (jfs) on an ubuntu 12.10 and require some assistance repairing the RAID after it failed to mount after a routine apt-get upgrade followed by a reboot. /dev/md0: Version : ...
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Broken mdadm RAID after hard drive firmware update

I updated the firmware on the two hard drives in my raid array, and now the raid array does not seem to work. I'm running Kubuntu 12.10. Here is the output of some things I tried: sudo mdadm ...
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Troubleshooting XFS performance (number of cylinders reported by

I have two servers with identical hardware, both running CentOS 5.8. They both have 40 TB external RAID arrays attached (via eSATA) to LSI MegaRAID SAS 9280 cards. The array has a GUID partition ...
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Intel Matrix Storage controller black screen after reformatting the disk

I have a Dell T3400 PC with an Intel Matrix Storage controller and two disks which were in a RAID-1 configuration. I took out one of the disks and installed Linux on the other disk, breaking the RAID ...
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Raid 0 (OS) + SSD Cache, what are performances like compared to pure SSD (OS)

I'm considering a RAID 0 setup with an SSD cache drive. Will I see a noticeable difference in speed with the SSD cache drive, will this even work? No I will not install the OS on the SSD. I'd prefer ...
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Trouble Mounting (Intel) RAID in Debian

I am switching to Debian from Ubuntu and so far all is good, however, I can't get Debian to read one RIAD drives. I have three physical drives setup, using Intel Matrix Manager, for a RAID5 volume ...
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RAID-0 bottlenecking when reading and writing simultaneously?

I have 4 Samsung 840 Pro SSDs running in hardware RAID on an Intel RS2BL080 LSI RAID card. My read and write times are incredible: $ dd bs=1M count=10000 if=/dev/zero of=test.img conv=fdatasync ...
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TRIM support on Intel RS2BL080 Hardware RAID card?

I've got an Intel RS2BL080 hardware RAID card and I'd like to know if it supports TRIM on my RAID-0 array of SSDs. I've heard that the Intel 7 series integrated RAID solutions that ship with ...
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Asus Sabertooth 990FX RAID - Drives disappear

Just got a 990fx 2.0. I'd like to setup two Seagate 1TB drives in a RAID 1 config and same thing: Detected under AHCI but as soon as the SATA ports are config'd to RAID, they aren't detected. I don't ...
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Test my RAID 0 with a cache ssd attached using checksums?

I was hoping to use a ram drive to store a randomly generated file that is written to the raid 0 array, and then read, and checksum is verified against what's on the ram drive. Lather, rinse, repeat. ...