Questions which refer to software RAID implementations.

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Any difference between Hardware RAID and Software RAID?

I'm building a new server (Small Business Server 2008), but I can't get the built-in RAID controller (AMD SB700) to work and have basically given up on it ever working with Server 2008. Fine. But my ...
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How to get an inactive RAID device working again?

After booting, my RAID1 device (/dev/md_d0 *) sometimes goes in some funny state and I cannot mount it. * Originally I created /dev/md0 but it has somehow changed itself into /dev/md_d0. # mount ...
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What's the difference between RAID 1 software mirroring and Fake RAID?

I've just ordered two new hard drives for my main desktop and a copy of Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. I'd like to do a clean install of Windows 7 onto the new drives (leaving my old Windows XP ...
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Hardware RAID - what happens if the motherboard or controller fails?

I want to set up a RAID 5 array in a machine that has an intel motherboard. It has built in raid (sata). My concern is what happens if the motherboard fails? How can I take those hard drives ...
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How do I safely move a Windows 7 software RAID 1 volume to a new PC?

I have 2 identical drives in an old PC running as a mirror RAID (RAID1) using the Windows 7 software RAID. These drives are data-only drives and are not being used to boot an operating system. How do ...
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chkdsk on a mirrored drive

I am running Windows 7 and have two 1TB hard drives mirrored using Win7 disk management. (They are not the system disk.) I am getting NTSF Error events that say "The file system structure on the ...
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Onboard RAID vs Software RAID

My motherboard, an Asus M4a79t Deluxe, advertises RAID 0/1/5 capabilities. My limited understanding is that onboard RAID is better than software RAID. Is this necessarily true? Is an onboard RAID ...
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Will mirroring with an SSD improve read performance?

If you use Windows 7 to mirror a volume across an SSD drive and a mechanical hard drive, will the read performance be similar to a single SSD drive? I.e. is Windows smart enough to read from them ...
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How can I add a RAID 1 array in Ubuntu 10.04?

I have an existing Ubuntu 10.04 desktop system setup and running on a hard drive (drive A). I'd like to add two more hard drives (drives B and C, same size) to the system and mount them as a RAID 1 ...
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combining SSD and hard disk in software RAID1?

Does it make sense to build a Linux software RAID-1 (mirroring) using an SSD and a normal hard disk? I want to combine the advantages of SSD (fast transfer rates, fast access times) with the ...
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How to install Windows 7 onto software RAID-0

I recently got a new laptop (Asus G73JH-A2) which has two identical hard drives in it. Unfortunately the motherboard does not have a RAID controller. What I would like to do is run the drives in a ...
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Degraded RAID5 and no md superblock on one of remaining drive

This is actually on a QNAP TS-509 NAS. The RAID is basically a Linux RAID. The NAS was configured with RAID 5 with 5 drives (/md0 with /dev/sd[abcde]3). At some point, /dev/sde failed and drive was ...
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Creating a RAID1 partition with mdadm on Ubuntu

I'm trying to set up a RAID1 partition on my Ubuntu 9.10 workstation. On this dual-boot system, Ubuntu is running from a separate drive (/dev/sdc - an SSD that is quite small, which is why I need ...
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Software RAID and backup altogether

In this thread I've got most valuable tips regarding the home RAID solution options as well as their pros and cons: RAID for home use I've figured out for myself a few important points (the ...
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Software RAID 5 with Multiple Partitions (one encrypted partition)

Can I have multiple partitions using Software RAID 5 on an Ubuntu Server? For example, say using a 4 drive RAID 5 setup, I want one massive partition for storage and a second smaller but encrypted ...
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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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Reinstall linux with software RAID

I've got ubuntu server on my "home server" with 5 software raid 0 partitions and one software raid 1. I have to reinstall OS. Is it possible to do that without losing existing partitions with data?
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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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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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How can one setup RAID 1 in Linux Mint 13?

I am trying to setup a Linux Mint 13 system using mdadm, with 2 1TB hard drives for a software mirror. I have tried following instructions found for Linux Mint 12, but the instructions fail to mention ...
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Update grub for whole disks added to software raid

I have a raid-1 running under rhel6 (/dev/md0) that is mapped to /. It contains two unpartitioned disks (/dev/sda and /dev/sdb). I'd like to be able to boot from either disk. But grub won't let me ...
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RAID-1 in RHEL 6; can't get partitioning on identical devices to look identical

I have a RHEL 6 fileserver. It contains two identical 2TB SATA drives. Both are supposed to contain one partition that takes up all the space on the drive (and this used to be the case). When I had ...
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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 ...