Questions which refer to software RAID implementations.

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Assembling an mdadm array with “possibly out of date” disks

I've recently moved house and have had some power problems after switching on my file server that's using a mdadm RAID5 set up. The file system I'm using is ext4. It seems that at some point two (of ...
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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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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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Create a mirrored array using an existing drive

Using OS X, I have a 1 TB hd. I have an empty 1 TB that I want to use to create a mirrored array. All the instructions I can find about creating the mirrored array require copying the existing hard ...
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Laptop offers RAID option - how does that work?

I am in the market for a new laptop. I'm looking at the Dell M6800 and HP ZBook 17. Both of these laptops can be configured with a RAID 0/1/5 option. Is this hardware RAID or software RAID? I have ...
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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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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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How can one setup RAID 1 in Linux Mint 13?

I am trying to setup a Linux Mint 13 system using mdadm, with 2 1TB hard drives for a software mirror. I have tried following instructions found for Linux Mint 12, but the instructions fail to mention ...
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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 ...
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OK to use Windows while a RAID array is building?

I've just put together a nice clean, fresh install of Windows 7 x64, and my two primary harddisks are building a software RAID1 array in the background while I type this. But I want to move over ...
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Help with my RAID config

I've got a 250GB SATA2 hard drive. Yesterday I boughy myself a pair of 1TB HDDs which I intend to put into a RAID-1. If I enable the RAID functionality in the BIOS, I can setup the two drives in a ...
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Commercial NAS RAID1 disks moved to Software Raid system?

I've got a couple of commercial NAS boxes and I'm wondering if they (ReadyNas duo, DLink DNS-323) or any other NAS is suitable for having their RAIDed disks moved to a software-based NAS. To be ...
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How can I downgrade a linux raid0 setup to use a simple partition

I set up my desktop machine to use software raid 0 in ubuntu when I first set it up. Because it turns out that recovery from upgrading ubuntu (which always breaks things) is harder with /dev/md0 than ...
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Paritions “appear” in my raid 1 array after reboot, and the partitions in the array have changed names

I am moving my Ubuntu install to lvm over raid 1. I created the arrays with only 1 disk initially, planning to add the second disk later. I got the files moved and the system booted up succesfully on ...
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Setting up an 8 drive raid for home use - hardware configuration?

I wish to build an 8x1.5tb file server for home use. I was looking at putting these 8 HDDs into RAID 5 or 6. However most botherboards only come with 6 sata ports so I will obviously need to get an ...
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Why does ICH10R raid 5 not show up on Ubuntu?

Using Asus P5Q Pro raid5, (ICH10R chipset). I've setup 4 SATA drives in Raid 5 using the motherboard's interface. It shows up in windows fine, without adding software. I've been using them fine for a ...
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Create JBOD or RAID 0 on a Windows Drive

Is it possible to create a JBOD or RAID 0 using an empty drive, and a drive that contains windows? I don't have a very computer literate family, and teaching them to put their stuff on the D: rather ...
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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 ...
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Understanding /proc/mdstat [U_] VS [_U]

My server is set up with raid1. A few nights ago sda fell out completely and data was corrupted. I replaced the drive, cloned the partition table and added the respective arrays. While adding sda3 ...
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RAID on partitions or devices

I plan to create a software-only Linux MD RAID10 array from two identical 1TB discs (using mdadm). Should I create it directly on the two disc devices (/dev/sda and /dev/sdb) or create a partition in ...
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How do I safely move a Windows 7 software RAID 1 volume to a new PC?

I have 2 identical drives in an old PC running as a mirror RAID (RAID1) using the Windows 7 software RAID. These drives are data-only drives and are not being used to boot an operating system. How do ...
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Can I go from noraid to raid1 to an existing Windows installation?

I am planning to switch from Ubuntu to Windows 7 for my HTPC and later add an extra 3TB disk. Can I install Windows 7 on a 3TB disk and later add a disk and upgrade it to 2x3TB software raid1 without ...
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Linux software RAID: Does it work if device nodes change?

If, for some reason, hard disks change device identifiers (e.g. /dev/sda becomes /dev/sdb and vice versa) does this affect a Linux software RAID system? I.e. would the device still work (assuming boot ...
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Windows 7 Dynamic Mirror Fails Redundancy

I have two 1TB HDDs forming a single volume in Windows 7 with a "Mirror" layout and a "Dynamic" type. The status is "Failed Redundancy" according to the Disk Management tool in the control panel. ...
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How do I mount a software RAID1 (mirror) created by windows in Linux using mdadm?

I'm switching my Windows server to Ubuntu and am trying to get my software RAID1 (mirror) that I created in Windows to show up in Ubuntu. I have read that this is possible here using mdadm, but I'm ...
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Why do motherboard manufacturers continue to include fake RAID? [closed]

Windows 7 is becoming ubiquitous and offers a simple software RAID solution within the OS. Modern desktop Linux distros have good software RAID capability as well. But mid to high end motherboards ...
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Performance of RAID 5 with mdadm

I have set up a software-raid 5 with mdadm on a 1.3 GHz AMD Neo 36L dual core machine using 3 1.5 TB Seagate Barracude Green drives (4k sectors). The chunk size of the raid is 512 KB. On top of the ...
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Should I include my OS partition on my RAID or separate hard drive?

I plan to build a Linux (Ubuntu 10.04) home file server soon with 3-5 x 2TB hard drives in RAID 5 software raid but I'm not experienced with setting up RAIDs. Should I include the actual Linux host ...
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Reinstall linux with software RAID

I've got ubuntu server on my "home server" with 5 software raid 0 partitions and one software raid 1. I have to reinstall OS. Is it possible to do that without losing existing partitions with data?
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How do I activate software raid-1 in Windows?

I use Windows Vista Ultimate, and have four disks of 500GB. Windows is already installed on one disk, the systemdisk. Now I would like to mirror the system disk using Windows built-in software raid. ...
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how to boot a linux software raid from member disk

i want to boot a working raid-1 linux system from just one of the member disks. i imagine, this could be done with a grub boot parameter, but i'm not sure. reason is, that the vmware P2V converter ...
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Windows7 Create Striped volume

I'm trying to raid0 a data partition on two disks in Windows7 Pro 64bit. Both drives are identical, partition scheme is identical, I have converted them to dynamic disks. But all the raid options in ...
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How do I setup a software raid 1 on 2 newly installed HD's in ubuntu

I setup a HTPC about a month ago, and just expanded my storage by adding two 750GB drives in addition to my OS drive. I am using Ubuntu 9.10 as my OS and need help setting up a raid 1 on the two ...
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Can you explain these PassMark Disk Scores on my RAID1 vs RAID10 volumes?

I need some help in interpretting the following speed tests on two Volumes on my home PC. The test: CrystalDiskMark 2.2 Windows 7 Disk Cache was disabled Both volumes were 0% fragmented before the ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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move mdadm raid to new system

Have a 4-drive Ubuntu mdadm raid in a system whose motherboard (ASUS N1996) failed permanently. I tried putting the 4 drives in another system with a different motherboard, but when it came up it ...
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Recover LVM with software raid

I have a Synology NAS using SHR mode, which is basically LVM and Raid 5. Somehow my LVM volume became corrupted and won't mount anymore. This volume houses over 20TB of data, and most of it is NOT ...
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Linux MD software raid stripe cache size

From what I can piece together the /sys/block/md0/md/stripe_cache_size is for raid5 and 6 set at a very low default value to avoid starving machines for memory. By increasing this value you can get a ...
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windows server 2012 span multiple raid 5 arrays

I have some old hard disks that I want to get as much out of them as possible for space. Currently, I have: 2 x 200 GB HDD 2 x 500 GB HDD 2 x 1.0 TB HDD 1 x 1.5 TB HDD If I combine them as ...
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Raid 5 Degraded

I have a dell PowerEdge T110 with a raid 5 array that says it is degraded. This uses a perc s100 controller. I am using 4 74gb raptor drives for the array. The computer tries to boot but it hangs on ...