Questions which refer to software RAID implementations.

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Running mdadm raid 6 with bcache layer on top. The raid had 6 drives in it and then an ssd for bcache

Output of /proc/mdstat Personalities : [raid6] [raid5] [raid4] md0 : inactive sdd1[1] sde1[2] sdi1[5] sdb1[0] sdc1[6] sdh1[4] sdg1[3] 13673677416 blocks super 1.2 unused devices: This raid ...
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Expand a Linux MD RAID 10 array to use larger disks

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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Mounting raid5 disks without one of raid's member

I have to read data from disks, which are raid5 members. I'm wondering if there is posibility to read data from those disks somehow, but one of those disks is just broken. I was trying to mount some ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Getting Event when RAID1 is failed

I have set up RAID1 using windows software RAID in windows 7. Is there anything registered in event viewer when RAID is failed?
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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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Linux software Raid5 DegradedArray with mdadm

So I changed my case and I don't know why but one my SATA port does not work anymore. So only 5 of my 6 RAID5 disks were recognized. The volume was automounted anyway and I already wrote new files on ...
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Any performance gain by putting Windows Pagefile.sys onto an Software RAID-0 Striped Volume?

I have a workstation class laptop running 64bit Windows-7 with 8GB-RAM (expandable to 16GB) and Dual SATA2 7200rpm disks. I know my system will be making heavy use of the pagefile since I will be ...
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mounting a RAID array on a machine with conflicting device name

I have a machine with the following RAID arrays connected: xxxx@xxxx:~$ sudo /sbin/mdadm --examine --scan ARRAY /dev/md/0 metadata=1.2 UUID=6c2e2072:4db41563:d93a9ae5:dfb29ffd name=xxxx:0 ARRAY /dev/...
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How I calculate XFS parameters for mdraid10,far/offset*?

I want to make a test by creating a bunch of partitions across some spinning hard drives, unite them with mdraid, and use XFS on that. But all guides I found assume you will use standard raid, or at ...
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md-raid1 with three mirrors became raid0 after removing one mirror while power off. how to fix it?

I create md-raid1 with three devices: mdadm --create \ /dev/md22 \ --level=1 \ --raid-devices=3 \ /dev/sd[a-c]2 and got nice raid mdadm -D /dev/md22: /dev/md22: Version : 1.2 ...
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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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Does software RAID 1 in Windows 7 improve read speeds?

Does software RAID 1 (mirroring) in Windows 7 improve read speeds? I'd like to set up RAID 1 to help protect my important documents (yes, yes, I know it's not a backup), but performance is also ...
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Use software RAID 1 drive as main disk and boot drive in windows 7?

Can I boot from a software RAID 1 (mirroring) drive in windows 7? Windows 7 would not let me install to a software RAID volume so I installed to the first disk and then added the second disk ...
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Debian pvmove of root lv into raid10 device resulted in unbootable system

I was in the process of moving logical volume extents onto an raid 10 array assembled with mdadmin. One of the logical volumes moved was the root directory (debian testing system) which was previously ...
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Access Western Digital My Book World II RAID array on my Ubuntu Linux

My WD My Book World II (Blue Rings) NAS has overheated, I think the motherboard is dead. I extracted the disks and plugged them in my desktop PC running Ubuntu Linux. The disks seems to be alive, ...
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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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Unable to assemble mdadm array due to lack of errors

My virtual machine host system is running Debian 8.4. I had to restart the system yesterday and did not yet manage to get my mdadm array up and running again. I can boot up normally, but no array (or ...
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Is mixing software RAID disks across SATA and eSATA going to have any issues?

I have two eSATA drives running successfully in a software RAID on CentOS. I would like to make this a three disk mirror RAID by adding the third drive from the internal SATA drive. Are there any ...
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Why does Dell PowerEdge T330 force hardware RAID for 8 drive configuration?

I'm considering the Dell PowerEdge T330 server tower to run CentOS Linux. The chassis configurations that can be ordered are either 4 3.5" hard drive slots or 8. We need to run a software RAID (that's ...
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Which RAID is easier to do recovery from, a software RAID or a hardware RAID?

I'm shopping for a new server and have been using software RAIDs. But I wondered about doing recovery on a hardware RAID vs a software one. I know with a software RAID you have to enter a series of ...
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Migrate from Windows 7 single HDD system to new system with RAID 1

I have a Windows 7 system with a single drive. It is regularly backed up to a system image on a USB drive. I'm building a new system with two drives that are bigger than the old system's drive. I ...
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Resize a RAID 1 volume on OS X Snow Leopard - how? (Note: software raid)

I've scoured the Internet in search of an answer to this question, and as usual with OSX-related topics, I often don't find any deep-dive technical explanations sufficient enough to feel confident ...
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How to make a three disk software RAID by adding the third disk?

The server is running CentOS and it has been successfully running a two disk software RAID. I wish to add a third disk to this for redundancy, so when one disk fails, the system still has two disks ...
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Debian Jessie, raid5 and encryption issues

I installed Debian 8 today. During installation, I made the following settings: /dev/sda1 -> 1GB /boot /dev/sda2 -> about 80GB encrypted device /dev/sda2_crypt -> lvm with VolumeGroup vg0 ...
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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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BTRFS, Files on a single drive in array but keep 2-parity?

Is it possible to setup a BTRFS array of disk but tell it to keep files on individual disks instead of stripping them and still keep a 2-parity? The idea is that if three drives die, the files on the ...
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Will `tune2fs -E stride=X` have the same effect as `mkfs.ext4 -E stride=X`

The man tune2fs and man mkfs.ext4 state: stride=stride-size ... This mostly affects placement of filesystem metadata like bit‐maps at mke2fs(2) time to avoid placing them on a single ...
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Debian RAID drive size smaller than should be

Background So I am new to setting up a RAID, so bear with me. I have tried to set up a RAID 10 with 4 hard drives. I am using mdadm to achieve this. I have successfully made my raid as /dev/md0. I ...
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Are there any byte-level RAID standards, and if not why?

If you want data durability, you make backups. You might also want to use RAID to improve uptime, and to prevent online data loss. One can use software RAID, onboard/motherboard RAID, or a separate ...
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MDADM reshape really slow

To sum up : My raid reshape with mdadm is really slow. The complete story : 3 days ago I realized that one of my disks from a raid 5 array was faulty. I removed it and replaced it with a brand new ...
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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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Fixing a broken Raid-Array (Hetzner-Root-Server from Germany)

I do not know why but my Hetzner Root Server loses once a quarter its RAID array and the situation is different every time. This time I need further help. Maybe they want that I change to managed-...
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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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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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Trying to use LVM, Software raid - Can't boot

I am currently on my 4th or 5th try to set this up, maybe you can help: I have an ESXI server, currently it only has a VM for PFsense, but I also want to put GitLab on it. Now, this is my first time ...
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Hardware or Software failure? [RAID5]

I have a raid5 system containing of 4 Samsung SpinPoint F4 Hard disks configured for auto spin-down after 20 Minutes. It is a Linux Software raid. Today I noticed that upon access to the network ...
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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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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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Strange software RAID performance results (on linux)

I have four 2TB 7200rpm hard drives that I want to configure as a software RAID array, using mdadm on linux (Ubuntu 15.10). I took this opportunity to explore the read/write performance of various ...
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Problems reassembling software RAID6

I have a software raid6 array (mdraid) consisting of 6 drives (/dev/sd[f-k] at the moment) at /dev/md1. Because I had to pull a different drive out of the machine (not one of the 6 drives), I ran ...
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To know hard disk failing in RAID 1

I have set up RAID 1 in windows 7 using disk management console. But I don't know if one hard disk is failed. I would like to get alert or message when one hard disk is failed in RAID 1. How can I do ...
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changing RAID hard disks

There are four hard disks in my machine. I installed window 7 in disk 1. I set up RAID 1 in disk 2 and 3 in disk management console. It is working well. But I would like to change RAID hard disk. I ...
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3 mirrored volumne in window 7

Can I make 3 mirrored Hard disk in window 7? I would like to use backup system(mirrored volume) with RAID 1 in window7. But the problem is that I can make two volume mirrored. Is that possible?
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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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Restore RAID 0 storage volume after Windows 7 re-install?

I have a RAID 0 storage volume in Windows 7 with 3 disks and I want to re-install Windows to the OS drive. If I do this, will Windows recognize the previous RAID array and configure appropriately? ...