Questions which refer to software RAID implementations.

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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 to boot without assemblying raid arrays (or assembling them correctly)

I had one debian 6 system with two harddisks on raid1 set up via mdadm. built on simple partitions (/dev/sdb3, /dev/sdc3). at least on the old system, everything is tied up via UUIDs. then i inserted ...
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At what point does RAID 0 stop being fast and just become dangerous? [closed]

I have an interesting RAID setup across 2 harddrives on my home computer. I have /tmp and a mount point(/home/machines) for virtual machines (along with a few other mount points). These partitions I ...
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Windows 7 : soft RAID1 and dynamic volumes reliability

My setup is quite classic nowadays : 1 SSD for system/apps and 2 HDDs for data setup in a fake RAID1 array. I also have a backup scheduled every week for the data drive in case it fails because I ...
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Take one disk of external mdadm data raid 1 to travel

I have a mdadm software raid 1 on external disks with media data. For travel I want to take the data with me. I imagine to set the raid and the underlying filesystem in readonly mode and take just ...
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RAID 1 : one device reads while the other writes symmetrically. What is going on?

Take a look at the disk throughput of this two disk software RAID 1 array in a Linux 2.6.26-2-686 Debian system : As you can see, one device reads at a speed apparently close to its top throughput ...
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Linux - Repairing bad blocks on a RAID1 array with GPT

The tl;dr: how would I go about fixing a bad block on 1 disk in a RAID1 array? But please read this whole thing for what I've tried already and possible errors in my methods. I've tried to be as ...
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mdadm raid5 read error not correctable

I have a software raid5 setup existing of 4 disks. sda, sdb, sdc, sdd Since everything was up and running I wanted to test the array. To do this I pulled the plug on one of the disks (sdd). Everything ...
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degraded mdadm RAID5 array

My /dev/md0 array just died last night. I got this email This is an automatically generated mail message from mdadm running on A Fail event had been detected on md device /dev/md0. It ...
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CentOS - mdadm raid1 drive won't mount to default location

I'm running CentOS 5.5, the system, boot, swap, etc. is all on /dev/sda and I have two identical single-partition drives /dev/sdb1 /dev/sdc1 that are configured in RAID1 (using mdadm). It was working ...
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Recover Linux software RAID5 array after server upgrade

I recently upgraded a server from Fedora 6 to Fedora 14. In addition to the main hard drive where the OS is installed, I have 3 1TB hard drives configured for RAID5 (via software). After the upgrade, ...
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Adding disk to windows-7 RAID-5

If I have a 3-disk RAID 5, and I want to add a 4th disk to the RAID, can this be done without moving all the data out of the existing raid array and rebuilding it as a 4 disk raid-5 array?
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Can't boot system with raid1

I installed ubuntu server 10.04 on a PC with two HD drives 500 GB each. I used raid1 to provide data protection. After the installation has completed, the system did not boot properly. I got the ...
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proper procedure to repair RAID 1 volume in Windows Server 2008 R2

I'ave a windows server r2 with the following configuration 500mb SATA for OS 2 x 1TB SATA in Software Raid 1 (done through the operating system) One of the 1TB drives are bad. What will happen ...
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Re-Initialize RAID-0 in software after card failure

I'm working on a Friend's WD MyBook "1TB" HDD that is not mounting. When I got in to it, I discovered that it is really 2 500GB HDD's set up as RAID-0. It appears that the drives themselves are ...
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looking for a solution for a Software Raid on my XP computer

Recently, I purchase 2x1TB drives for my XP computer, I want to use RAID 1 for the redundancy, but the motherboard is little old and can't support that. Some articles introduce how to make it happen ...
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raid 1 + OS drive windows 7 ep45 ud3p

I have an existing drive with my OS and data on it, because of shortage of storage, I bought two Samsung 2TB drives to form a RAID 1 configuration. I understand that RAID 1 is a redundancy config. - I ...
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Can I configure a partition of a drive to use RAID0 and still use the left over partition for storage?

I want to set up a RAID0 configuration. I only have a 80 GB drive and a 750 GB drive. I was hoping to only RAID 80 GB of the 750 GB drive so that it would match the 80 GB drive. I heard that this may ...
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Software or Hardware RAID for Home Server?

Now I have searched Server Fault and Super User and have seen that some people recommend software and some people swear by hardware RAID, but I am looking to use it on a home server of mine to store ...
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Use the speed of an SSD + two HDD in RAID 1

Is it possible to gain a speed benefit of an SSD if you create a software raid with a big SSD + two smal HDDs? At the moment I have a system with only two 320GB HDD. And I thought about inserting a ...
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Old Raid pops up and destroys everything

I have a root server with a mdadm two-disk raid 0 on Ubuntu. One HDD failed and I continued to work on the second. The server hoster somehow repaired the defect HDD and after a server restart it was ...
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FreeNAS RAID5 Server - CPU Choice

What factors should you consider when choosing a CPU for a FreeNAS server? What are the implications and limitations based on CPU in this context? Currently I'm looking to build a FreeNAS server ...
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Hardware RAID vs. Software RAID [duplicate]

What is the big difference between software RAID and hardware RAID at the low level? What is really going on that sets the two apart? As far as I know, the only difference is the RAID card can have ...
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alerting you when a hdd is missing with software windows raid

So I open up Computer Management on my file serving computer in what has to be the first time in months or maybe even over a year and see that the mirror I had created of my 1TB HDD has "failed ...
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Set up raid 1 after OS installation

I bought 2 Lenovo thinkstation E31 and I want to set up RAID 1 on them. I added a hard drive for each. I went in the BIOS and set it to RAID then I pressed ctrl-l to start the raid manager but it ...
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Ubuntu - inconsistent performance with software raid-1

I'm installing a new system using soft-raid 1 with two physical disks. While running a few tests (after waiting for the initial sync to complete) I found the harddrive speed was highly inconsistent. ...
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Bad mobo or drives?

I have a gigabyte UDR5 with 12GB Ram, and i7 920. The os runs of 2 x 80GB x25 SSDs in raid0 (mobo software raid) and I have 4 x 320GB raid5 for storage (2 year old drives). Running windows 7 Ultimate ...
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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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MDADM RAID-0 does not increased size after grow on AWS Linux with EBS

I wanted to grew a Raid0 from 2 disks to 3 (each 1TB EBS on Amazon AWS) but the size did not change thereafter. The RAID started with two disks sdc and sdd and the new one was sdf. Here is the ...
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Setting up a RAID 5 Array

I am currently trying to convert my drives from just a bunch of external disks, each one individually shared from my (CentOS) server into a RAID array (ideally, RAID 5). At current, my drives are: ...
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software RAID in Linux - system partition on a separate drive?

I'd like to build a cheap NAS with two drives in RAID1 configuration using Linux software RAID. What are the pros and cons of having a separate system drive? My main concern is reliability of the ...
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What is the tolerated performance difference between HDDs?

I got a server with software RAID1 and two identical HDDs. Using hdparm -tT I get sligthly different results, one gives me 100Mb/s and the other one 97Mb/s. Is this difference tolerable in this ...
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Redundant storage of select files and synchronization between multiple computers

Historically, I've manually copied personal files onto multiple hard drives periodically to keep them backed up, but I just emptied my wallet getting certain files that were only stored in one place ...
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Software RAID0 with drives of drastically different sizes

Is it at all possible to do a software RAID0 (with Ubuntu Server, installing Crunchbang on it though) with drives of drastically different sizes? One of the drives is 250GB while the other is 60GB.
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New mdadm RAID vanish after reboot

I have problems with mdadm after reboot, I can't reassemble /dev/md0 . I work on debian wheezy. I have done the following steps:: sudo mdadm --create --verbose /dev/md0 --level=6 --raid-devices=4 ...
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Software RAID 0 under Window 7 on 2 HDD only (including system drive) - is it possible

I have two hard drives in my notebook. I cannot add third drive. Is there a possibility to somehow set up software RAID 0 (striped) under Windows 7? My notebook does not support hardware RAID 0. I ...
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Linux software RAID 10 on mixed drives - alignment

I have 4 2.5" 7.2k drives lying about and I'd like to build some RAID arrays for a bit of VM storage on my KVM lab box. There are 2x 320GB drives and 2x 500GB drives. I'm looking to create a RAID 10 ...
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Windows Dynamic Disks vs BIOS FakeRAID

I have two 3TB disks in a Windows 7 Dynamic Disk Mirror array (effectively, software RAID1). Apart from being tied to the O/S (I can't mount the array in Linux, for example) - is there any difference ...
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Writing to a specific drive with software RAID4 on Linux

Edited to reflect conclusions from comments: I want to construct a software RAID-like array with 2 storage devices plus one parity device, where the parity device maintains the XOR of the two other ...
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How can I recover software RAID 0 after formatting my primary OS drive?

I was previously running Windows 7 on a machine that had 5 physical drives - 1 was the primary drive the OS was installed on, and the other 4 were a RAID 0 that was created through Windows 7 disk ...
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Why can't I enable software RAID on a pair of SD cards in Windows XP Embedded?

I was hoping to set up software raid between a pair of SD cards (for redundancy) in an embedded device but as I understand it, I need to upgrade them to dynamic drives to do this. The cards appear ...
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Windows 7 and software RAID 1 for system [closed]

So I have been using Linux software raid for ages, unfortunately now I need to install Windows 7 on a notebook and since the machine has two disks I was wondering how do I setup software Raid in ...
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Apple RAID configuration vs Hardware RAID

I am researching external HDD's capable or RAID 1 to store a large amount of video content during overseas filming. After filming, the content will be brought back to the office and offloaded onto our ...
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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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Re-assembling a linux RAID on different system

I am in the process of shopping for drives for my Linux Server (CentOS 6.3). I think I have it narrowed down to RAID 5 or RAID 10 (have to see what hard drive prices do) and using the Linux Software ...
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What would happen in a Software Raid 1 of one HDD and one SSD?

I'm running my Windows 7 installation and all of my apps from an SSD for performance reasons. Since SSD's can instantly die at any moment, I'm looking for some kind of data backup strategy. Right Now ...
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Replace mainboard without damage software RAID

I am currently using software RAID on Ubuntu 10.04. Since my mainboard only supports DDR2, I want to replace it with another one. However, I'm worry about the software RAID damaged. Will the Ubuntu ...
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Partitioning 2 SSDs of different capacity for RAID 1

I have two SSDs. One has 64G the other is 32G of size. I'd like to create a RAID 1 configuration with Linux (it would be a software RAID), and I'm wondering if what I'm planning is possible or wise: ...
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Thinking of a RAID-5 Setup - What is the optimal configuration?

I am planning on setting up a RAID 5 array on my data storage drives using Windows Server 2008 software RAID. I currently have a 500 GB drive for the server OS and two 1 TB drives for data storage. ...
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Is it possible to enable software RAID 1 on Windows XP system partition?

I have heard, that it should be somehow possible to use just one partition with Windows XP, and be able to mirror that by enabling RAID 1 in XP. I'd appreciate tips how to do this. If this is true, ...