Questions which refer to software RAID implementations.

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Trying to Narrow Down a Disk Error

I've been experiencing some weird errors from some hard drives, and I'm having trouble narrowing down the problem. It's part of a RAID array (Linux software RAID, budget hardware), so when it dropped ...
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RAID 5 degraded performance

I'm currently rebuilding my fileserver, but because of SATA port limitations, I can only use 5 disks at a time. I've remove a drive from my original RAID, so I've been able to create a new degraded ...
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md0 RAID1 can't read superblock

i have a problem with my md0 array, which is an raid1 (2 mirrored USB-Sticks) Mount gives "Can't read superblock" cat /proc/mdstat: Personalities : unused devices: <none> fdisk -l ...
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erased md0, md1 and can't recreate them

I previously had a working RAID 1 array. I think as a result of running grub-install /dev/sdb and grub-install /dev/sdc I somehow wiped my computer of md0 and md1. I need to set them up again. When ...
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Windows Software RAID: How can I view the Windows RAID parameters (disk signatures, etc.)?

The software RAID array in my Windows 7 x64 box failed. Drive tests report the drive itself as healthy. Two drives, RAID1 partition and one RAID0 partition. In Disk Manager, the failed drive shows up ...
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Is `dmsetup remove` safe with respect to contained data?

I have a "lost" SW RAID array as described in this question: http://askubuntu.com/questions/311024/raid1-array-lost-after-upgrade-from-ubuntu-11-10-to-13-04. I have now identified a way to mount one ...
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Documentation for mdadm bad block support

I've read a bit about that mdadm (and the kernel) now have bad block support but I am having a hard time finding any useful documentation on this subject. Is the bad block list for disk X duplicated ...
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Upon reboot, Linux software raid fails to include one device of a RAID1 array

One of my four Linux software raid arrays drops one of its two devices when I reboot my system. The other three arrays work fine. I am running RAID1 on kernel version 2.6.32-5-amd64 (Debian Squeeze). ...
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Difference in Storages Spaces feature between Windows 2012 Server & Windows 8

So here it goes, I have a test bed setup, a machine with three harddrives besides the OS drive and installed on this machine is Windows 2012 Server Standard. I have the following Storage Spaces ...
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Restart degraded RAID array after crash

I've had to (temporary) reduce my RAID5-Array, so that there are four out of five disks available. Things getting worse as my system crashed during write process. After reboot the system wants to ...
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Resume mdadm array build after power outage?

I was building a 2tb x 4 disks using mdadm. Originally mdstat said it was going to finish in 48 hours but unfortunately at 47 hours a power outage came into play :-) So I decided to zero out the ...
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Software RAID failed to mount after apt-get upgrade

I have a software RAID 10 (jfs) on an ubuntu 12.10 and require some assistance repairing the RAID after it failed to mount after a routine apt-get upgrade followed by a reboot. /dev/md0: Version : ...
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Unable to reassemble md raid on drives pulled from ReadyNas Duo v1

I'm toying with a ReadyNAS device that I've recently acquired. It is a SPARC-based box, and it runs linux. As device is pretty slow, I've pulled one drive out of array, hoping to populate it with ...
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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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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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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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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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Does RAID1 really protect me?

I have 2 drives mirroring each other. They are pluggable and occupying 2 SATA slots. Totally I have 5 SATA slots. Can I freely unplug RAID parts and then plug them back and have data intact? If not ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...