Questions which refer to software RAID implementations.

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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 fine,...
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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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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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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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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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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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Win 7 64-bit slow during software raid 1 resyncing

I read about the slow resyncing here: http://serverfault.com/questions/107636/how-to-view-status-of-software-raid-1-resynching I have a different question: not only is my resyncing slow; but during ...
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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 data,...
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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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Does rsyncing a Linux boot disk require any caveats to run off the copy?

The new server to run CentOS7 is on order. It will have a 60 GB SSD for CentOS 7 and four internal hard drives. The internal hard drives will run in a software RAID1 for three disk mirroring plus the ...
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Is there a RAID mode that allows files to be on one physical drive of the array?

I am wondering if there is such a thing as a RAID mode (or similar implementation) that allows to physically split up files without redundancy across multiple, differently sized hard drives to form ...
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Reconnect drive to raid-1 array with mdadm

I need a large and relatively robust backup method. I had an old desktop running debian and put in two identical 2tb drives in raid-1 configuration using mdadm So I would start the array using ...
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mdadm build legacy array on boot

I have RAID0 that was built using windows dynamic disk. I've read that this is a legacy array and can be assembled using build in mdadm. I've gotten the array to build and mount using the following ...
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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 ...
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Raid0 Test For Multiple Partitions On A Single Drive Gave Better Sequential Write Speeds That Expected

Obviously running raid0 on partitions of a single drive will result in a performance decrease; data has to be written/read multiple times to/from the same drive, and because of how it's spread the ...
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Cloning md partitions for recovery

I have a failed software RAID5 (3x500GB disks) that I'm trying to recover. I don't want to try some of the more risky steps on the actual disks, so I want to clone them to new partitions on a new 3TB ...
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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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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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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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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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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, ...
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Windows Software RAID 5 Drive Failure Notification

I plan on creating a Windows software RAID 5 array but need to know when a drive goes bum. I don't plan on wanting to check the server every so often, so how can I have an email sent when a drive ...
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Clonezilla and software RAID array theory

I don't have enough hardware to try this out myself, but since Clonezilla doesn't support backing up software RAIDs, I've been trying to think of ways to backup my RAID0. Since all of the information ...
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Need some more MDADM details

Short version: I am using a RAID1 with hotspare and I want to have a nightly DD ran to create a nightly image on a standby drive. All the drives are the same size/manufacture and local. I am getting a ...
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Expanding storage on a soft RAID10

From what I understand this is possible, but I can't find a straight answer anywhere about how exactly to go about it, and I don't want to risk losing data experimenting with it myself so I'm asking ...
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how do i shrink or reduce my raid array size

i have raid array md0 which is close to 5TB. i need to shrink this size so as to overcome the rebuild times when i test fail the drives. is there a tool/command that can help me to reduce the array ...
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RAID 6 Resync after system crash

I am running a home NAS server for data storage using linux (ubuntu) and RAID 6 configuration (using MDADM), however, occasionally the server crashes/hangs or experience a power-outage/interruption of ...