Questions which refer to software RAID implementations.

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Assemble 3 drive software RAID5 with one disk missing

Is it possible to assemple a three drive software RAID5 with only two disks? I have one failed disk in my setup which i could not read at all but the two other disks are fine. So i created a dump of ...
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BTRFS, Files on a single drive in array but keep 2-parity?

Is it possible to setup a BTRFS array of disk but tell it to keep files on individual disks instead of stripping them and still keep a 2-parity? The idea is that if three drives die, the files on the ...
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Windows 2008 RAID5 - How Many Disks Have I Lost?

I have an HP ProLiant Microserver running Windows 2008 R2 Standard, it has a 512mb system drive and 4 3Tb Seagate Barracuda drives running in software RAID-5 which give around 8.2Tb of storage. I ...
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Reconnect drive to raid-1 array with mdadm

I need a large and relatively robust backup method. I had an old desktop running debian and put in two identical 2tb drives in raid-1 configuration using mdadm So I would start the array using ...
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How to turn a current drive into a RAID array?

Everything I've been able to find by googling on creating RAID arrays assumes you are starting from scratch with blank disks. However, I have a drive that is almost filled, and would like to turn it ...
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Use software RAID 1 drive as main disk and boot drive in windows 7?

Can I boot from a software RAID 1 (mirroring) drive in windows 7? Windows 7 would not let me install to a software RAID volume so I installed to the first disk and then added the second disk ...
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Win 7 64-bit slow during software raid 1 resyncing

I read about the slow resyncing here: http://serverfault.com/questions/107636/how-to-view-status-of-software-raid-1-resynching I have a different question: not only is my resyncing slow; but during ...
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Unable to access newly created software RAID array in Ubuntu Desktop

please assist me with the following problem. I already have an Ubuntu Desktop 12.04 box into which I have added 2 500GB drives in the hopes of wring them up in a RAID-1 configuration for simple ...
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Windows Software RAID 1 - How can I “Offline” both disks at the same time?

I want to disable both drives in my Mirrored Volume setup so that I can mount them in a virtual machine (for testing, no important data is on the drives right now). Offlining them individually breaks ...
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software raid1 compatible on OSX and Ubuntu on external disks

I'm using external disk dock with two disks and want to setup software raid1 so that the setup works when usb3 mounted from both ubuntu and osx. How is this possible?
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Parity errors after verify with Intel RST

I have Intel RST RAID 1 running on a Windows 7 machine. I have it set to do a verify and repair every week. I frequently notice parity errors, some weeks over 100 for a 1 TB RAID 1 array. I've ...
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chunk, ext4 stride and strip-width size for RAID level 1?

the man page for mdadm says: "[chunk] is only meaningful for RAID0, RAID4, RAID5, RAID6, and RAID10." i.e. it does not apply for raid1. even if you pass the value, it will say "ignoring chunk size" ...
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Is it possible to enable RAID 1 without reinstalling Ubuntu

I would like to enable RAID 1 on my alrwady existing Ubuntu installation. Is this possible without reinstalling Ubuntu?
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Import foreign disks in RAID-0 config

I've to import 2 disks in RAID-0 into another computer. Both source and target PC run Win8. In the target PC I see two foreign dynamic disks and when I right-click on any of those and then I select ...
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Alignment with RAID-6 (mdadm) + LUKS + XFS

What I want: I have a 4x4TB RAID-6 array with mdadm. I want the storage to be encrypted and plan on using LUKS. I will most probably use XFS as filesystem. I will add more disks to the array as ...
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Is it possible to restore RAID data when a RAID restoring process was crashed?

I have a 4 HD RAID. One of then was crashed and during the restoration process another second one HD has crashed too. This is very improbably but it happened. So, is there any software to recovery my ...
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mdadm build legacy array on boot

I have RAID0 that was built using windows dynamic disk. I've read that this is a legacy array and can be assembled using build in mdadm. I've gotten the array to build and mount using the following ...
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Create Degraded RAID 1 in Windows 7

Question is simple. Can one create a degraded RAID 1 in Windows 7? In other words specific to a hypothetical situation, can I have a backup drive with backup data on it, then buy a second backup ...
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Keep linux software RAID 1 after OS change

Currently I've configured software RAID 1 on ubuntu machine. However I am planning to add SSD drive just for the OS and keep my main 2 HDD for the storage with RAID. The question is, can I put now ...
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Raid0 recovery - failed mobo

Short story: motherboard died, need to recover data from 2 working HDD's in RAID0 Long story: My mobo died on a Dell Studio XPS 7100, I basically upgraded all the components and my pc is now up and ...
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cloning drives to correct RAID 10 failure

I don't type questions like this very often, so I apologize if I could have made it clearer. I have 4 HDD slots in which I had a RAID 10 array setup. It is a motherboard software RAID so clonezilla ...
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Is a btrfs RAID1 mountable if the added device isn't available/offline/failed/degraded?

Assume I created a RAID1 with btrfs's functions (btrfs device and btrfs balance subcommands instead of mdadm) like so: btrfs device add /dev/sdxZ /dev/sdxY btrfs balance start -dconvert=raid1 ...
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data recovery issue with LVM on degraded software raid array

I have a raid-10 array that is degraded to two remaining working drives. The software setup is Centos-Xen, so one dom0 and several domUs. I can see the names of the logical volumes and their names and ...
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Win 8.1 Pro: Disk Mirroring questions

So its my first time setting up any kind of redundancy for my media and I have a few questions. My setup is as follows: Shuttle SH87R6 Intel i7-4790k 8GB RAM Win 8.1 OS on Samsung 850 Pro 512GB 2x ...
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Cloning a Linux software RAID and LVM setup to another computer

I need to create a number of (almost) identical Linux machines (Debian Wheezy) with software RAID and LVM. I'm thinking of creating a base installation and cloning that one to all machines. I tried ...
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How do I tell which OSX Raid partition needs fixing (and fix it)?

Investigating why my OSX Software RAID disks weren't all being used I discover my RAID-1 system (4 x 1.5TB in two mirrored 3TB slices) is running in degraded mode: airhead:kitematic sholden$ sudo ...
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What will happen if I reconnect 2 halves of two-way RAID mirror after using them independently?

Suppose I have a storage space with two-way mirror based on 2 physical USB drives a and b. Then I disconnect b and connect it to another computer. Then I use—write some data—to both degraded storage ...
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How many disks for Windows Raid 0?

I am setting up a new PC and have 3 identical disks. Does it make sense to stripe all three or is two sufficient? I don't really need extra space, so wondering if 3 will yield better performance ...
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Cannot get RAID working with Mac Mini after adding drive

I had a working RAID array with 3 2TB drive in an external Startech.com SATA enclosure that was set to RAID5 I wanted to add another 2TB drive, so I added the drive but according to the manual, I ...
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RAID5 active device failed during reconstruction

I have this Linux RAID5 array with 4 2TB harddisks, with 3 active device and one spare, giving me a total disk size of around 6TB. Recently one drive (sdd) is starting to give me some SMART errors, ...
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Recover data if PC (motherboard) fails with software RAID 5

I'm planning to implement a RAID 5 (or 6) system on an old PC (windows or linux). It doesn't have HW RAID 5 support so I'll do it via software (e.g. windows integrated RAID). Will I be able to ...
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Hard disk error in Intel Matrix Storage Manager

I have two hard disks, both 160GB, and with Intel Matrix Raid on these two disks, I created two volumes Volumne0 Raid1 Volumne1 Raid0 Now, one of the hard disk shows error in the Intel Matrix Raid ...
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MDADM RAID5 recovery, refused to add replacement disk

I dealing with a faulty raid5 setup (3x2TB disks): Number Start End Size File system Name Flags 1 1049kB 1026MB 1024MB ext3 primary 2 1026MB 6146MB ...
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How would hardware RAID compare to Windows software RAID?

I recently bought a new PC with a Gigabyte Z97P-D3 motherboard. One of the things it supports that my old machine didn't is RAID so I had planned to transfer my 2x 1TB hard drives from my old machine ...
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WD Green and Software RAID

On WD's website it says Desktop drives are not recommended for use in RAID environments, please consider using WD Red hard drives for desktop RAID environments or WD datacenter hard drives ...
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mdadm grow from RAID1 to RAID10

I've seen this post about how to convert from RAID1 to RAID10, but reading the mdadm manpage seems to me recent mdadm allows for reshape from RAID1 to RAID10 by going through a reshape from RAID1 to ...
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RAID setup - possible to disconnect a drive?

this may be a silly question for some, but I rather ask then to be sorry after losing my data :-] I am just playing with RAID config on my Intel X58 ICH10R chipset mobo with Windows 8.1 and I found ...
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Simultaneous failure of 8x SSD's in raid 10 [closed]

My friend keeps arguing with me about putting SSD’s in raid vs HDD, I need to settle this. What are the odds of all the SSD’s failing vs HDD”s at once assuming they are from the same assembly line and ...
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raid5 after changing disk, data disappeared in lost+found or?

I lost a drive so I stopped my array, changed the drive, reassembled the array. So far so good except that when I tried to mount the array I had an error about md0 file system (sorry I rebooted so ...
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mdadm --examine displays something different than --detail

Who should I trust to fill my /etc/mdadm/mdadm.conf ? mdadm --examine --scan returns /dev/md/0 while obviously it's /dev/md0 that is currently rebuilding What should I put in my /etc/mdadm/mdadm.conf ...
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Windows not loading after 1 RAID-5 disk failed

I left my PC turned off for just over a week while I was away. When I turned it back on it said my RAID-5 status was degraded and Windows did not want to load. I replaced the faulty disk and set it ...
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Updated CentOS kernel to 2.6.32, system won't boot because mdadm array can't be checked/isn't mounted

Just updated a FreePBX system, kernel is now at 2.6.32. Have two RAID 0 arrays that mdadm arranges in RAID 1. Worked fine up until this update, now I get fsck.ext4: No such file or directory while ...
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Growing an encrypted RAID5 array without causing alignment issues

Question Is there anyway to tell mdadm to make sure a certain logical sector on the RAID-device stays aligned to the beginning of a stripe when growing a RAID5 array? Problem My RAID5 is encrypted ...
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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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Removing a disk from an Ubuntu mdadm RAID marks the array as inactive, instead of degraded

I'm setting up a mdadm raid 1 array on Ubuntu 14.10 under VirtualBox. Everything works fine: The raid 1 is set up with /dev/sdc1 and /dev/sdd1: Personalities : [linear] [multipath] [raid0] [raid1] ...
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MDADM says can't assemble RAID5 because missing disks but all disks are there

To start this, I installed a SATA expansion card so I could get more Drives into the computer. I moved the RAID to the expansion card, after attempts failed to get the OS SSD onto them. There was a ...
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Would software RAID 1 be broken if I move both drives to a new PC? [duplicate]

Does a RAID 1 setup by software (win) break once you move both drives to another Win PC? Is there any way to bind the drives together so that the RAID setup stays, even after changing motherboard/cpu? ...
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Linux: How to confirm bad ATA device? [duplicate]

dmesg listing this error string 14 times consecutively: [ 799.496637] ata4.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x6 [ 799.496683] ata4.00: BMDMA stat 0x4 [ 799.496710] ata4.00: failed ...
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Raid0 Test For Multiple Partitions On A Single Drive Gave Better Sequential Write Speeds That Expected

Obviously running raid0 on partitions of a single drive will result in a performance decrease; data has to be written/read multiple times to/from the same drive, and because of how it's spread the ...
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Boot partition for Software RAID 1

According to this tutorial: http://edoceo.com/howto/mdadm-raid1 as well as the answer to this question, ...it is necessary to create a separate boot partition if you want to boot from a software ...