Questions which refer to software RAID implementations.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 -...
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Cloning a Linux software RAID and LVM setup to another computer

I need to create a number of (almost) identical Linux machines (Debian Wheezy) with software RAID and LVM. I'm thinking of creating a base installation and cloning that one to all machines. I tried ...
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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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mdadm --examine displays something different than --detail

Who should I trust to fill my /etc/mdadm/mdadm.conf ? mdadm --examine --scan returns /dev/md/0 while obviously it's /dev/md0 that is currently rebuilding What should I put in my /etc/mdadm/mdadm.conf ...
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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 ...
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Windows Software RAID recovery after non-RAID drive failure

This is a hypothetical question but first some context. I'm looking at setting up a simple RAID 1 (mirrored) for storing data. I was looking at using Windows Disk Management tools on a Windows 7 ...
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MDADM RAID 5 disk missing after reboot

I have a server with 6 disks (4x2TB + 2x4TB). I put the 2TB disks in 2 RAID 0 and the resulting 2 4TB RAIDs with the 2 4TB disks in a RAID 5 array. The RAID works fine until I reboot the server. After ...
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Move two X-RAIDed disks to ubuntu

I have an old NAS (Netgear ReadyNAS Duo) that are X-RAID (Expandable RAID) that I need to move on to a new Ubuntu 12.04 Server. Assuming that this is software raided, does anyone know where I can ...
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Is there a safe way to move a partition beneath a linux software RAID5 using mdadm?

Suppose, for example, that you have a RAID5 across multiple disks and you would like to retire the oldest of the disks and replace it with something from this decade. I know I can fail the partition ...
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SDcard /dev/sdb2 is apparently in use by the system; will not make a filesystem here

I divided my sdcard into 2 partitions, but It got an error and couldn't create a new partition. Error: /dev/sdb2 is apparently in use by the system; will not make a filesystem here! My /dev/...
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Power loss during mdadm RAID level change

As per the title, my mdadm RAID was in the process of migrating from level 6 to 5 when the power cut out momentarily. Unfortunately I am no longer able to reassemble the array - the assemble command ...
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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 : 1....
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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 ...