Questions which refer to software RAID implementations.

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How to plan a RAID 5 for expandability?

I'm planning on building a home file server with a few 2 TB drives and I wanted to use software RAID 5 under Linux (most likely ubuntu). Before I start, I wanted to know how easy is it to expand a ...
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Should I use Bios or OS (Win7) raid on my new computer

Which is better in terms of performance first and reliability second, the onboard bios RAID on an Intel 1156 P55 motherboard or using the built in RAID options in Windows 7 Ultimate. I will be using ...
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Which RAID setup to use for a build-computer?

I am wanting to setup a computer(actually multiple with the same setup) to build and compile programs. Security of the data is not important, and space for the most part is not important. (as in, 40G ...
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How? Mount, Find & Recover DATA in HDD outside of Synology Box

How? Mount, Find & Recover DATA in HDD outside of Synology Box I had originally posted this question here on Synology Forums and no real solution was suggested except a Linux / RAID based ...
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Where is the Missing Disk Space on Linux Software Raid

Purchased (4) 2TiB Drives (actual disk space) and created a RAID5 array expecting to have 6TB of useable disk space, however actual useable space is 5.46TiB. So, the question is where did the disk ...
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RAID-1 - hardware or software?

I've been looking to set up a pair of RAID-1 (mirrored) drives for data archiving. My first reaction was to just go out and get an enclosure with 2 drive bays and a built-in RAID-1 controller. After a ...
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How do I associate linux scsi device names with disk devices?

I have a CentOS 4.x server running software raid. The server has two scsi disks in hot-swap trays. mdadm reports that the raid has failed, and so I would like to replace it. I examine /proc/mdstat, ...
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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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Why make a partition at all for mdadm/raid?

i have 4 disks, sd[a,b,f,g] of various sizes that I want to 'merge' together. I am using mdadm to achieve this. my question is, what's the difference between -- mdadm --create /dev/md0 ...
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Degraded RAID5 and no md superblock on one of remaining drive

This is actually on a QNAP TS-509 NAS. The RAID is basically a Linux RAID. The NAS was configured with RAID 5 with 5 drives (/md0 with /dev/sd[abcde]3). At some point, /dev/sde failed and drive was ...
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How to recover data from software RAID 5 disk partition

I have CentOS 5.8 on my computer, with 5x 1TB hard drives. I used software RAID. (RAID 1 as a boot partition md0, RAID 0 as a root partition md1 and RAID 5 as /home partition md3). Unfortunately one ...
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Any performance gain by putting Windows Pagefile.sys onto an Software RAID-0 Striped Volume?

I have a workstation class laptop running 64bit Windows-7 with 8GB-RAM (expandable to 16GB) and Dual SATA2 7200rpm disks. I know my system will be making heavy use of the pagefile since I will be ...
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Is Btrfs vulnerable to RAID write hole effect?

If not, does it mean that Btrfs in RAID mode is fully resistant to power failure?
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Are there any good software-based RAID 1 mirroring alternatives to Windows 7 Computer Management?

I only have Windows 7 Home Premium, not Professional, so the mirroring option isn't available in Computer Management. Are there any good alternatives? It's possible RAID 1 is overkill for what I'm ...
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Testing software RAID5 by pulling a HDD live. Bad idea?

I'm running Ubuntu Server 10.10, with software RAID5 and LVM running on top of that. I have four 2TB HDDs. I also have a separate boot drive with incremental full-system snapshots that run every four ...
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Win7 soft-RAID failed, computer “jumped back in time”

I just rebooted my computer and upon logging into Windows, things seemed a little bit "off". I figured out rather quickly that everything was like it was two weeks ago. It was literally like ...
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How do I create a complete disk mirror in Windows Server 2008?

I'm trying to mirror a full Disk in Windows Server 2008, however I don't see any options to mirror a full Disk, only Volumes. Both disks are the same brand, size and are configured as Dynamic Disks, ...
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external drive enclosure -> software RAID 5?

I have two older PCs on my LAN posing as 'servers'; one running FreeNAS off a USB stick using three 500GB HDDs in a ZFS RAID-Z pool serving as storage for the LAN and one running Debian Lenny with an ...
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Software RAID 5 with Multiple Partitions (one encrypted partition)

Can I have multiple partitions using Software RAID 5 on an Ubuntu Server? For example, say using a 4 drive RAID 5 setup, I want one massive partition for storage and a second smaller but encrypted ...
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Converting software RAID1 to hardware RAID1 without losing data

I have a home server running Ubuntu Jaunty and housing a 2 x 2TB RAID1 array. It is a software RAID but I'm looking to pull out those drives and put them in a external RAID enclosure to save space. My ...
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misaligned raid partition in Ubuntu 10.04

I attached two identical hard drives to my linux machine. Then using gparted I formated the first 1024 mb at the beginning of each drive as linux swap space. Then I went into ...
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Optimal Raid Setup / Usage suggestion [closed]

[Edit] So rather than have HDDs goto waste, I'm looking for some suggestions of implemenation of a RAID setup. Questions to be answered: Using Windows 7 and the following HDDs, is the following ...
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Reduce loadtime in games merging two folders across ramdisk and local disk

I've found a program to emulate a drive in my memory, RAMDrive. RAMDrive creates a drive (G:) on my computer, which allows me to have super fast read/write on that drive. Now I was thinking I could ...
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How to set up software RAID 1 on Ubuntu 12.04?

My primary partition is sdb. I add new disk (sda) and formatted it as shown below: fdisk -l Disk /dev/sdb: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders, total 488397168 ...
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Software RAID and backup altogether

In this thread I've got most valuable tips regarding the home RAID solution options as well as their pros and cons: RAID for home use I've figured out for myself a few important points (the ...
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Recover from failed recovery of software RAID5 failure

I have the pleasure ;-) to have been handed the task to try to get data off a server that had a RAID5 array problem and a failed attempt to recover it. Background: the computer in question is some ...
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Raid 1 mdadm (linux) disk failure recovery: DRDY err (UNC) keeps repeating can't reach login

Over the weekend, I got several emails from our network storage server (just a custom box with CentOS 5 and 2 2tb drives software raid 1) indicating SMART detected issues with one of the drives. I ...
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What versions of Windows support built-in disk mirroring?

I know that some editions of Windows has built-in support for disk mirroring. But on my computer with Windows Vista, I can't find it. What editons of Windows has built-in support for disk mirroring ...
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Is it safe to use Truecrypt to encrypt a raid 5 array?

I have a raid 5 array(software in windows server 2008). I have encrypted it using truecrypt, and it seams to be working fine, however, I am worried what will happen when i lose a drive. Will truecrypt ...
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mdadm RAID monitoring no DegradedArray email

So, I have a couple of MDADM RAID arrays and I want to set up monitoring with email notifications for drive failures through sSMTP but I can't seem to get it working. The system in question is a ...
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Is it possible to migrate a software RAID5 array to RAID0?

So last year I helped my father in France set up his Office machine with a RAID5 array of 3 identical 1TB drives (for a combined space of 2TB). Last week one of the drives died, he's using the machine ...
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Having trouble with EXT4 on LVM on software RAID 5 (corruption)

Here's the quick and dirty of my problem. I'm using Lubuntu 12.04, Xubuntu 12.04 and plain Ubuntu 12.04. Tried with generic kernels 3.2.0-25 and 3.2.0-26. This issue persists on all 3 variants which ...
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Install Linux mint with Raid

My MB supports fake raid (Intel DH67CL motherboard). But I was using the system in 'software raid' as I could not correctly set up fake raid in Debian. Now, I decide to use Linux Mint 12. During the ...
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How to setup RAID 5 - Windows Home Server

I am planning to install Windows Home Server 2011 on my new mini server. I have 3 x 2TB hard drives and another hard drive for the OS. I can't find any tutorials on how set up RAID 5 on Windows Home ...
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Does Mac OSX software raid support partial resync?

If I have a software RAID-1 (mirror) setup in Mac OSX and I turn off the system during mirror rebuild, when I turn it back on will it start a whole new resync or just do a partial resync (like linux' ...
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Access Western Digital My Book World II RAID array on my Ubuntu Linux

My WD My Book World II (Blue Rings) NAS has overheated, I think the motherboard is dead. I extracted the disks and plugged them in my desktop PC running Ubuntu Linux. The disks seems to be alive, ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 - Add RAID 1 Array on existing device?

I read How can I add a RAID 1 array in Ubuntu 10.04 and Installing Raid 1 on Existing Ubuntu Server. However, I only have the following 2 hard drives: dev/sdb1 where Ubuntu 12.04 is currently ...
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How do I diagnose a bottleneck in an Intel Atom based Ubuntu server?

I have a small media server at home which has software RAID and a gigabit link to the rest of my network. For some reason though, I only get ~10MB/s transfers when copying to/from the server. I use ...
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Is there such thing as a half duplex raid-1?

I was thinking the other day. Then again, just now: So I thought "if I thought of it, someone else must have." So this idea was, in a raid-1 mirror(ish), One drive will write, and one drive will ...
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How to create a software RAID-1 array on Windows 7 not spanning whole disks

I have a brand new PC dual booting out of a single SSD drive (win7+debian). I added a couple of 2T hd I want to use from both Win & Linux. My target is to have two separate RAID-1 arrays on four ...
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Debian installation and RAID5

I just bought a HP Microserver for use it as dns, http, vpn, file storage and also for backups of other computers at home. I already have 2 1Tb HDD's, so I thought to buy another 2 HDD's and install ...
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How do I tell mdadm to start using a missing disk in my RAID5 array again?

I have a 3-disk RAID array running in my Ubuntu server. This has been running flawlessly for over a year but I was recently forced to strip, move and rebuild the machine. When I had it all back ...
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chkdsk on a mirrored drive

I am running Windows 7 and have two 1TB hard drives mirrored using Win7 disk management. (They are not the system disk.) I am getting NTSF Error events that say "The file system structure on the ...
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improving an old pc - using two HDDs

I have an old Athlon machine with 1.5GB ram and two HDDs and will install Windows 7 on it (for my mom to browse and mail). Can I get some extra performance out from the two disks? I see two scenarios: ...
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Does chunk size affect the read performance of a Linux md software RAID1 array?

This came up in relation to this question on determining chunk size of an existing RAID array. The general consensus seems to be that chunk size does not apply to RAID1 as it is not striped. On the ...
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Auto-rebuild RAID6 with MDADM

I have an openSUSE 11.3 Linux computer with 5 disks of 1TB (WD enterprise disks) in it. With mdadm I configured a RAID6 device. Now, after a lot of thorough testing, I've noticed that when the ...
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Reliable Linux RAID Card

Can anyone recommend an appropriate RAID card for use under Linux (Ubuntu)? I have three Western Digital SATA drives, and would like to setup either RAID-1 or RAID-5. Software RAID has been very ...
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Does windows 7 disk manager mirror disk or partitions?

My servers Raid 1 disappeared when I did a bios update, And now in order to get it back I have to format my 2 * 3tb hard drives. Which isnt really a solution for me. So I have desiced to try and make ...
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Reducing Linux Software RAID Rebuild Speed?

This may sound silly, but is there a way to intentionally reduce the speed of a rebuild in a Linux Software RAID? (Basically reducing the throughput of all of the disks so that it's not maxing out.) ...
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XFS Can't Read the Superblock

I awoke this morning to find an email from my RAID host (Linux software RAID) telling me that a drive had failed. It's consumer hardware, it's not a big deal. I have cold spares. However, when I ...