Questions which refer to software RAID implementations.

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Debian RAID drive size smaller than should be

Background So I am new to setting up a RAID, so bear with me. I have tried to set up a RAID 10 with 4 hard drives. I am using mdadm to achieve this. I have successfully made my raid as /dev/md0. I ...
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Are there any byte-level RAID standards, and if not why?

If you want data durability, you make backups. You might also want to use RAID to improve uptime, and to prevent online data loss. One can use software RAID, onboard/motherboard RAID, or a separate ...
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Windows 8.1 Storage Spaces Pool deletion

I am trying to delete my raid 0 storage pool and it seems that maybe the storage spaces utility doesn't recognize the pool being there. According to these screenshots (and others I have found that are ...
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Fixing a broken Raid-Array (Hetzner-Root-Server from Germany)

I do not know why but my Hetzner Root Server loses once a quarter its RAID array and the situation is different every time. This time I need further help. Maybe they want that I change to ...
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MDADM reshape really slow

To sum up : My raid reshape with mdadm is really slow. The complete story : 3 days ago I realized that one of my disks from a raid 5 array was faulty. I removed it and replaced it with a brand new ...
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Trying to use LVM, Software raid - Can't boot

I am currently on my 4th or 5th try to set this up, maybe you can help: I have an ESXI server, currently it only has a VM for PFsense, but I also want to put GitLab on it. Now, this is my first time ...
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Hardware or Software failure? [RAID5]

I have a raid5 system containing of 4 Samsung SpinPoint F4 Hard disks configured for auto spin-down after 20 Minutes. It is a Linux Software raid. Today I noticed that upon access to the network ...
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On ubuntu add a HD to RAID5 but the size do not Extension

In this time I have a RAID5 using three HDs(2TB*3) and I was tinking to Add a new HD and Extension the size to 6TB, The existing HDs is [adb][adc][add]=[md0] Then add HD is [sde] Wat I did is,,, # ...
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Is there a RAID mode that allows files to be on one physical drive of the array?

I am wondering if there is such a thing as a RAID mode (or similar implementation) that allows to physically split up files without redundancy across multiple, differently sized hard drives to form ...
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Strange software RAID performance results (on linux)

I have four 2TB 7200rpm hard drives that I want to configure as a software RAID array, using mdadm on linux (Ubuntu 15.10). I took this opportunity to explore the read/write performance of various ...
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Problems reassembling software RAID6

I have a software raid6 array (mdraid) consisting of 6 drives (/dev/sd[f-k] at the moment) at /dev/md1. Because I had to pull a different drive out of the machine (not one of the 6 drives), I ran ...
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To know hard disk failing in RAID 1

I have set up RAID 1 in windows 7 using disk management console. But I don't know if one hard disk is failed. I would like to get alert or message when one hard disk is failed in RAID 1. How can I do ...
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changing RAID hard disks

There are four hard disks in my machine. I installed window 7 in disk 1. I set up RAID 1 in disk 2 and 3 in disk management console. It is working well. But I would like to change RAID hard disk. I ...
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3 mirrored volumne in window 7

Can I make 3 mirrored Hard disk in window 7? I would like to use backup system(mirrored volume) with RAID 1 in window7. But the problem is that I can make two volume mirrored. Is that possible?
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Writing/reading data while rebuilding RAID array

I understand its best to limit disk activity as much as possible during a RAID rebuild/resync to reduce the risk of data loss and to prevent slowing down the rebuild process by adding more activity. ...
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Storage Spaces - removal of disk in Simple array

I have a simple array set up in Storage Spaces that consists of 5 hard drives: four are 3TB and one is 2TB. I want to replace that 2TB with a larger drive, but it has 40.1 % of the disk being used ...
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Software raid and filesystem

What is the relation between software RAID and a file system? Are they related? Should I use a file system when I am using software RAID or I can access raided disk for RAW read and write?
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Do I need RAID1 in a galera cluster?

I have a 3-node galera cluster that supposedly performs synchronous write replication across the entire cluster. I am trying to figure out if it is a good idea to use a software RAID1 3-HD on these ...
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Does mdadm record array event history?

I received an automated email from the mdadm daemon: A Fail event had been detected on md device /dev/md0. It could be related to component device /dev/sdh. I find the wording strange. "could be"? ...
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Is it possible to create striped array (RAID 0) with two parts on two disks (Windows 7)?

I have 2 physical disks. Part of one disk is occupied by Windows 7. I have two not allocated parts on these two disks of equal size. Is it possible to create striped array (RAID 0) with two parts on ...
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Growing mdadm array; Cannot find backup file on FS where it's supposed to be

The situation: I am currently growing my RAID-6 array from 4x4TB to 5x4TB. To achieve that, I used to following command: root# mdadm --grow /dev/md0 --backup-file=/root/backup/raid/4d_to_5d ...
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Recover mdadm Raid5 array after one drive failure

I've been working through a number of posts on this issue but want a sanity check before trying to find a way to reassemble this array. I have a Mint 17 build with a raid 5 array for data storage ...
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software or hardware RAID 5 for home server? [closed]

I have seen a few similar questions here but they are all years old and since the technology landscape is so volatile I thought it best to start afresh. Plus, few of them speak specifically to raid 5. ...
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Software RAID setup on an MBR drive

In Mike Meyers' CompTIA A+ book when talking about different partitioning schemes, he says "A dynamic disk volume is still technically technically a partition, but it can do things a regular ...
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RAID 5 showing two disks in same slot

We recently had a power failure for a few hours and when the power came back both my RAID arrays failed. The one I am trying to fix is a RAID5 with 5 disks (I also have a RAID1 with 2 disks, but I ...
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Debian Server I386 mdadm

Due system disk crash I had to reinstall a new debian server. On the previous server I had "sda": system "sdb" & "sdc" raid devices level 1 How to reconnect my former raid devices ? Regards
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How to convert a software RAID 1 partition to non-RAID partition?

RAID is not a backup, they say, but only now I can see that what I really need is an (external) backup. So, I would like to convert a (software) RAID-1 partition to a non-RAID partition (ext4) in my ...
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mdadm, Device or resource busy when adding sda

Trying to create a raid1 on a live system following this article: http://guylabs.ch/2013/09/17/create-a-software-raid1-with-mdadm-on-an-active-ubuntu-13-04-hard-drive/comment-page-1/ uname =a ...
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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 ...