Questions which refer to software RAID implementations.

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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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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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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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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, ...
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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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Keep linux software RAID 1 after OS change

Currently I've configured software RAID 1 on ubuntu machine. However I am planning to add SSD drive just for the OS and keep my main 2 HDD for the storage with RAID. The question is, can I put now ...
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cloning drives to correct RAID 10 failure

I don't type questions like this very often, so I apologize if I could have made it clearer. I have 4 HDD slots in which I had a RAID 10 array setup. It is a motherboard software RAID so clonezilla ...
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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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data recovery issue with LVM on degraded software raid array

I have a raid-10 array that is degraded to two remaining working drives. The software setup is Centos-Xen, so one dom0 and several domUs. I can see the names of the logical volumes and their names and ...
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Win 8.1 Pro: Disk Mirroring questions

So its my first time setting up any kind of redundancy for my media and I have a few questions. My setup is as follows: Shuttle SH87R6 Intel i7-4790k 8GB RAM Win 8.1 OS on Samsung 850 Pro 512GB 2x ...
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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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How do I tell which OSX Raid partition needs fixing (and fix it)?

Investigating why my OSX Software RAID disks weren't all being used I discover my RAID-1 system (4 x 1.5TB in two mirrored 3TB slices) is running in degraded mode: airhead:kitematic sholden$ sudo ...
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How many disks for Windows Raid 0?

I am setting up a new PC and have 3 identical disks. Does it make sense to stripe all three or is two sufficient? I don't really need extra space, so wondering if 3 will yield better performance ...
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Cannot get RAID working with Mac Mini after adding drive

I had a working RAID array with 3 2TB drive in an external Startech.com SATA enclosure that was set to RAID5 I wanted to add another 2TB drive, so I added the drive but according to the manual, I ...
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Recover data if PC (motherboard) fails with software RAID 5

I'm planning to implement a RAID 5 (or 6) system on an old PC (windows or linux). It doesn't have HW RAID 5 support so I'll do it via software (e.g. windows integrated RAID). Will I be able to ...
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mdadm grow from RAID1 to RAID10

I've seen this post about how to convert from RAID1 to RAID10, but reading the mdadm manpage seems to me recent mdadm allows for reshape from RAID1 to RAID10 by going through a reshape from RAID1 to ...
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RAID setup - possible to disconnect a drive?

this may be a silly question for some, but I rather ask then to be sorry after losing my data :-] I am just playing with RAID config on my Intel X58 ICH10R chipset mobo with Windows 8.1 and I found ...
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raid5 after changing disk, data disappeared in lost+found or?

I lost a drive so I stopped my array, changed the drive, reassembled the array. So far so good except that when I tried to mount the array I had an error about md0 file system (sorry I rebooted so ...
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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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Windows not loading after 1 RAID-5 disk failed

I left my PC turned off for just over a week while I was away. When I turned it back on it said my RAID-5 status was degraded and Windows did not want to load. I replaced the faulty disk and set it ...
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Updated CentOS kernel to 2.6.32, system won't boot because mdadm array can't be checked/isn't mounted

Just updated a FreePBX system, kernel is now at 2.6.32. Have two RAID 0 arrays that mdadm arranges in RAID 1. Worked fine up until this update, now I get fsck.ext4: No such file or directory while ...
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Would software RAID 1 be broken if I move both drives to a new PC? [duplicate]

Does a RAID 1 setup by software (win) break once you move both drives to another Win PC? Is there any way to bind the drives together so that the RAID setup stays, even after changing motherboard/cpu? ...
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Linux: How to confirm bad ATA device? [duplicate]

dmesg listing this error string 14 times consecutively: [ 799.496637] ata4.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x6 [ 799.496683] ata4.00: BMDMA stat 0x4 [ 799.496710] ata4.00: failed ...
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With a the built-in Windows software-RAID1 mirror, what procedure does Windows follow on an unreadable sector?

For modern retail hard drives, the Unrecoverable Read Error (URE) is around 1x10E14 bits. This translates into one bad sector for every 12 terabytes of data read. For enterprise class hard drives, its ...
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Raid Configuration lost After For Installing Windows/Formatting Hard Drive on reboot

My boss recently got a tower fujitsu server, I dont know the model because it is written in Chinese. I installed windows server 2012, activated hyper-v and even installed ubuntu as a VM and ...
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BTRFS multiple devices mix raid1 and raid0

Hi Consider the following use case: I have two disks same size (let's say 3TB each). Then create a btrfs filesystem using both devices. Now I want to have two subvolumes "idata" and "ndata". Where ...
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Add space from 3TB unto 4TB using raid, how?

I would like to expand my 4 TB drive by adding on drive space from my 3 TB drive. I assume this is possible in a raid configuration by resizing the partion on the 3 TB to free space then using ...
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Moving software RAID to Linux

I'm using a RAID 1 (mirrored pair) configuration in my Media Center/ NAS system. Currently it's running Windows 8 (yeah, big mistake I know) and I'm regretting it (did it for the games, not worth it). ...
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What is the best way to create RAID 1?

I'm looking for a way to create the RAID 1 array without losing my data on CentOS. Here's my situation: I've got a web server running on CentOS. There is one VG partition with few LV volumes. I bought ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 RAID10

I got Ubuntu 14.04 (recently upgraded from version 12.04). Under this system I got a software RAID10 build with 4 drives (WDC WD20EFRX-68EUZNO) near=2 layout. After the upgrade to newest Ubuntu LTS ...
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Virtual Disk Service Error: The plex type is invalid

I have windows 7 ultimate x86 on an older Dell Precision 530. I had 3 80gb drives laying around. So I have them in diskpart in windows 7 setup via Shift+F10 and I see 3 74gb drives. I cleaned all of ...
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Can I pass disks through Hyper-V to a Linux VM for md RAID on any hardware?

I toyed with the idea in the past few months of virtualizing a workstation machine (with ESXi/Xen/etc), basically having it run some very basic server stuff behind the scenes; this was more of an ...
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How to avoid rebuild of soft-RAID at boot-up

I have here a serious problem on my home server: I have a LVM on a RAID5 array. As memory ran short, I decided to enlarge the RAID array (and later the PV+VG+LVs). So far so good. I stopped the ...
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mdadm on Debian 7 forgetting about a disk

I have a degraded RAID1 array running on Debian 7. I am trying to add another disk to the degraded array, but mdadm forgets the existence of the other disk at reboot. The array devices are /dev/sda1 ...
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debian boot procedure stops while starting RAID5 array

imagine the following situation: debian wheezy 7.4 on arm system created a RAID5 with 3 disks /dev/md0 created ext4 file system wrote entry to mdadm.conf via "mdadm --detail --scan >> ...
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Linux RAID Re-Shape Stopped, unmountable

I added another drive to my RAID 5 and migrated it to a RAID 6. Everything went fine, but now the process seems to be stuck at 63.2% and md2_raid6 takes 99.9 of the CPU. RAID Details: /dev/md/2: ...
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Synology disk group

For the moment i've 1 4TB HDD on my synology DS1513+. I'm transfering all my data on it but when this HDD will be full, i'll add a second 4TB HDD. How to have 1x8TB and not 2x4TB on my synology ...
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Build one logical drive from hdd and ssd drives (with a tweak!)

How is it possible to build one logical drive in linux from two physical drives, hdd + sdd with the below rules: All writes are replicated to both drives (Kind of RAID 1). All reads are only ...