Questions which refer to software RAID implementations.

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Dynamic/Static striping across BTRFS raid groups

I'm looking to set up a new storage server and would like to use BTRFS to protect against bit rot. Ideally, I would like a setup as a theoretical (btrfs) raid6 (both data and metadata) for every group ...
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Is Btrfs vulnerable to RAID write hole effect?

If not, does it mean that Btrfs in RAID mode is fully resistant to power failure?
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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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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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Install Linux mint with Raid

My MB supports fake raid (Intel DH67CL motherboard). But I was using the system in 'software raid' as I could not correctly set up fake raid in Debian. Now, I decide to use Linux Mint 12. During the ...
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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 ...
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Software RAID 1 Configuration

I have created a software RAID 1 quite some while ago and it always seemed to work for me. However I am not completely sure that I have configured everything right and do not have the experience to ...
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mdadm raid 6 stuck on rebuilding

I have a raid 6 running consisting of 9 1TB drives. Some time in the last couple of days, one of them became faulty and the raid startet rebuilding. But apparently it is stuck ... This is the raid: ...
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Can I move a RAID drive to another Sata port?

I currently have a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine with 4 x 1TB drives in software RAID5 controlled by WS 2K8. I am planning to upgrade to 4 x 3TB in the same software RAID5. Clearly 8 sata ports (9 ...
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How to set boot disk after disabling mdadm raid 1?

I had two disks in raid 1. The device contained the whole system. Disabled it from a rescue disk with: (there were three partitions) mdadm --stop /dev/md1 mdadm --stop /dev/md2 mdadm --stop /dev/md3 ...
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mdadm: Win7-install created a boot partition on one of my RAID6 drives. How to rebuild?

My problem happened when I attempted to install Windows 7 on it's own SSD. The Linux OS I used which has knowledge of the software RAID system is on a SSD that I disconnected prior to the install. ...
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Redundancy: LVM+mdadm or LVM internal RAID

The task is to create LVM storage for virtual machine images. So LVM will be used in any case. There are two ways LVM providing redundancy: block mirroring lvcreate -m 1 --mirrorlog mirrored -n ...
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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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Optimal Raid Setup / Usage suggestion [closed]

[Edit] So rather than have HDDs goto waste, I'm looking for some suggestions of implemenation of a RAID setup. Questions to be answered: Using Windows 7 and the following HDDs, is the following ...
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How to handle a Linux software RAID when one drive has a hardware failure?

I have a server that has two internal hard drives. What happens when one drive has a hardware failure exactly? Does it send an e-mail message to root to get your attention? When it has been ...
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Does windows 7 disk manager mirror disk or partitions?

My servers Raid 1 disappeared when I did a bios update, And now in order to get it back I have to format my 2 * 3tb hard drives. Which isnt really a solution for me. So I have desiced to try and make ...
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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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improving an old pc - using two HDDs

I have an old Athlon machine with 1.5GB ram and two HDDs and will install Windows 7 on it (for my mom to browse and mail). Can I get some extra performance out from the two disks? I see two scenarios: ...
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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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CentOS Gnome only showing 1TB on 6TB Server?

I just bought a new server and want to use it to store files, It has 2x 3TB hard drives. I Set them up in raid 0 as i don't need any redundancy. I don't know much about servers and command-lines ive ...
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How to install software RAID using Mint Live CD

I wish to install Linux Mint 11 with RAID 1 for my /home. I was wondering if I can install RAID 1 during the installation from the Live CD. I have managed to set up RAID from the Live CD and install ...
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Why am I seeing such low SMB transfer throughput?

Ok, there's a bit more to the story than the title implies. Background and Environment: I'm copying several TB from an older Ubuntu server to a newer Windows 2012 server over SMB. (Technically, it's ...
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Is it safe to use Truecrypt to encrypt a raid 5 array?

I have a raid 5 array(software in windows server 2008). I have encrypted it using truecrypt, and it seams to be working fine, however, I am worried what will happen when i lose a drive. Will truecrypt ...
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Why is windows server 2008 resyncing new raid 5 array?

I have setup a software raid 5 in windows server 2008 standard, immediatly after creating it now says resyncing. What is it resyncing when there is no data on the volume? Is it safe to write data to ...
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Skip initial resync on a new Windows software RAID 5 build?

I just added 8x4TB and created a software RAID5 volume. Server 2008R2. Based on progress so far, it's going to take 8 days to complete the resync. I'm not a busy man, but that's asking a lot. ...
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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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Ubuntu boot through failed RAID

I have a large media partition as a separate RAID5 on my Ubuntu server. The server is not easily accessible, so I need it to continue the boot process in all but the most dire circumstances. Right ...
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Hybrid Raid-1 HDD + SSD — Write Intent Bitmap

I am currently running a laptop with 1 HDD and 1SSD. I currently am using mdadm to put some partitions in a raid 1 configuration with --perfer-write set on the HDD. I have this working correctly ...
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Convert RAID 1 to RAID 10 in mdadm

In my current Ubuntu server, I have 2x 2TB Western Digital RED hard drives in a RAID 1, using mdadm. I would like to add 2 more 2TB RED drives, and convert it to a RAID 10. I realize I would have 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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Is it possible to migrate a software RAID5 array to RAID0?

So last year I helped my father in France set up his Office machine with a RAID5 array of 3 identical 1TB drives (for a combined space of 2TB). Last week one of the drives died, he's using the machine ...
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Is it possible to create software Raid array with operating system partition included?

I know that software raid array can be created in the OS it self. But my question is, Is it possible to create a software raid array including partition which is having Operating System installed ? Or ...
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LVM while mdadm is creating a RAID6

So earlier today I was setting up a new server and creating a RAID6 array with mdadm. I then decided to create a physical and logical volume with LVM while it was running and throw on ext4. So before ...
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Understanding /proc/mdstat [U_] VS [_U]

My server is set up with raid1. A few nights ago sda fell out completely and data was corrupted. I replaced the drive, cloned the partition table and added the respective arrays. While adding sda3 ...
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How do I tell mdadm to start using a missing disk in my RAID5 array again?

I have a 3-disk RAID array running in my Ubuntu server. This has been running flawlessly for over a year but I was recently forced to strip, move and rebuild the machine. When I had it all back ...
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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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Is it possible to restore lost files from a repartitioned raid 5 array?

I decided to reinstall my server from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Ubuntu Server 13.10. Of course, i took a backup of the (531GB) files on my software raid 5 array (4x3TB, no hotswap), however, some ...
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Recover software RAID

I built a RAID-1 with two hard drives using mdadm. Command used was: mdadm --create /dev/md0 --level=1 --raid-devices=2 /dev/sdb /dev/sdc it went fine, I create partition table and partitions in ...
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How-to change the name of an MD device (mdadm)

Here is the output from mdadm -Esv: ARRAY /dev/md127 level=raid0 num-devices=2 UUID=d89d9d45:9a420812:c44c77eb:7ee19756 devices=/dev/sdb8,/dev/sda8 This is a v0.90 array. The question is as ...
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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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Disk is apparently in use by the system

I've just fitted two disks to my home server. I'm trying to format and then raid them but I'm getting a problem that hours of Googling hasn't resolved this. The error that I'm getting is: # ...
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Can OpenFiler do software RAID and then expose that as an iSCSI target?

I want to build a SAN for personal use for the house server. I came across OpenFiler. I don't want to rely on hardware RAID since the cards can be costly and if the card dies I will have trouble ...
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Where is the Missing Disk Space on Linux Software Raid

Purchased (4) 2TiB Drives (actual disk space) and created a RAID5 array expecting to have 6TB of useable disk space, however actual useable space is 5.46TiB. So, the question is where did the disk ...
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Is it possible to operate two RAID-0s alternately?

I have a software RAID-0 (two hdds) on a WIN7 machine that holds all footage of a video project. If I remove and store these drives and install two new drives as RAID-0 for another project, will I be ...
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how to boot a linux software raid from member disk

i want to boot a working raid-1 linux system from just one of the member disks. i imagine, this could be done with a grub boot parameter, but i'm not sure. reason is, that the vmware P2V converter ...
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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 ...