Questions which refer to software RAID implementations.

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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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mdadm RAID monitoring no DegradedArray email

So, I have a couple of MDADM RAID arrays and I want to set up monitoring with email notifications for drive failures through sSMTP but I can't seem to get it working. The system in question is a ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Recover mdadm Raid5 array after one drive failure

I've been working through a number of posts on this issue but want a sanity check before trying to find a way to reassemble this array. I have a Mint 17 build with a raid 5 array for data storage ...
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Parity errors after verify with Intel RST

I have Intel RST RAID 1 running on a Windows 7 machine. I have it set to do a verify and repair every week. I frequently notice parity errors, some weeks over 100 for a 1 TB RAID 1 array. I've ...
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chunk, ext4 stride and strip-width size for RAID level 1?

the man page for mdadm says: "[chunk] is only meaningful for RAID0, RAID4, RAID5, RAID6, and RAID10." i.e. it does not apply for raid1. even if you pass the value, it will say "ignoring chunk size" ...
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Alignment with RAID-6 (mdadm) + LUKS + XFS

What I want: I have a 4x4TB RAID-6 array with mdadm. I want the storage to be encrypted and plan on using LUKS. I will most probably use XFS as filesystem. I will add more disks to the array as ...
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Raid0 recovery - failed mobo

Short story: motherboard died, need to recover data from 2 working HDD's in RAID0 Long story: My mobo died on a Dell Studio XPS 7100, I basically upgraded all the components and my pc is now up and ...
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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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RAID5 active device failed during reconstruction

I have this Linux RAID5 array with 4 2TB harddisks, with 3 active device and one spare, giving me a total disk size of around 6TB. Recently one drive (sdd) is starting to give me some SMART errors, ...
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Growing an encrypted RAID5 array without causing alignment issues

Question Is there anyway to tell mdadm to make sure a certain logical sector on the RAID-device stays aligned to the beginning of a stripe when growing a RAID5 array? Problem My RAID5 is encrypted ...
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Linux MD software raid stripe cache size

From what I can piece together the /sys/block/md0/md/stripe_cache_size is for raid5 and 6 set at a very low default value to avoid starving machines for memory. By increasing this value you can get a ...
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windows server 2012 span multiple raid 5 arrays

I have some old hard disks that I want to get as much out of them as possible for space. Currently, I have: 2 x 200 GB HDD 2 x 500 GB HDD 2 x 1.0 TB HDD 1 x 1.5 TB HDD If I combine them as ...
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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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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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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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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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SDcard /dev/sdb2 is apparently in use by the system; will not make a filesystem here

I divided my sdcard into 2 partitions, but It got an error and couldn't create a new partition. Error: /dev/sdb2 is apparently in use by the system; will not make a filesystem here! My ...
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md0 RAID1 can't read superblock

i have a problem with my md0 array, which is an raid1 (2 mirrored USB-Sticks) Mount gives "Can't read superblock" cat /proc/mdstat: Personalities : unused devices: <none> fdisk -l ...
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erased md0, md1 and can't recreate them

I previously had a working RAID 1 array. I think as a result of running grub-install /dev/sdb and grub-install /dev/sdc I somehow wiped my computer of md0 and md1. I need to set them up again. When ...
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Is `dmsetup remove` safe with respect to contained data?

I have a "lost" SW RAID array as described in this question: http://askubuntu.com/questions/311024/raid1-array-lost-after-upgrade-from-ubuntu-11-10-to-13-04. I have now identified a way to mount one ...
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Upon reboot, Linux software raid fails to include one device of a RAID1 array

One of my four Linux software raid arrays drops one of its two devices when I reboot my system. The other three arrays work fine. I am running RAID1 on kernel version 2.6.32-5-amd64 (Debian Squeeze). ...
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Difference in Storages Spaces feature between Windows 2012 Server & Windows 8

So here it goes, I have a test bed setup, a machine with three harddrives besides the OS drive and installed on this machine is Windows 2012 Server Standard. I have the following Storage Spaces ...
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Software RAID failed to mount after apt-get upgrade

I have a software RAID 10 (jfs) on an ubuntu 12.10 and require some assistance repairing the RAID after it failed to mount after a routine apt-get upgrade followed by a reboot. /dev/md0: Version : ...
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Windows 7 : soft RAID1 and dynamic volumes reliability

My setup is quite classic nowadays : 1 SSD for system/apps and 2 HDDs for data setup in a fake RAID1 array. I also have a backup scheduled every week for the data drive in case it fails because I ...
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Linux - Repairing bad blocks on a RAID1 array with GPT

The tl;dr: how would I go about fixing a bad block on 1 disk in a RAID1 array? But please read this whole thing for what I've tried already and possible errors in my methods. I've tried to be as ...
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mdadm raid5 read error not correctable

I have a software raid5 setup existing of 4 disks. sda, sdb, sdc, sdd Since everything was up and running I wanted to test the array. To do this I pulled the plug on one of the disks (sdd). Everything ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Growing mdadm array; Cannot find backup file on FS where it's supposed to be

The situation: I am currently growing my RAID-6 array from 4x4TB to 5x4TB. To achieve that, I used to following command: root# mdadm --grow /dev/md0 --backup-file=/root/backup/raid/4d_to_5d ...
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Software RAID setup on an MBR drive

In Mike Meyers' CompTIA A+ book when talking about different partitioning schemes, he says "A dynamic disk volume is still technically technically a partition, but it can do things a regular ...
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RAID 5 showing two disks in same slot

We recently had a power failure for a few hours and when the power came back both my RAID arrays failed. The one I am trying to fix is a RAID5 with 5 disks (I also have a RAID1 with 2 disks, but I ...
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Debian Server I386 mdadm

Due system disk crash I had to reinstall a new debian server. On the previous server I had "sda": system "sdb" & "sdc" raid devices level 1 How to reconnect my former raid devices ? Regards
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Windows 2008 RAID5 - How Many Disks Have I Lost?

I have an HP ProLiant Microserver running Windows 2008 R2 Standard, it has a 512mb system drive and 4 3Tb Seagate Barracuda drives running in software RAID-5 which give around 8.2Tb of storage. I ...
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How to turn a current drive into a RAID array?

Everything I've been able to find by googling on creating RAID arrays assumes you are starting from scratch with blank disks. However, I have a drive that is almost filled, and would like to turn it ...
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Unable to access newly created software RAID array in Ubuntu Desktop

please assist me with the following problem. I already have an Ubuntu Desktop 12.04 box into which I have added 2 500GB drives in the hopes of wring them up in a RAID-1 configuration for simple ...
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Windows Software RAID 1 - How can I “Offline” both disks at the same time?

I want to disable both drives in my Mirrored Volume setup so that I can mount them in a virtual machine (for testing, no important data is on the drives right now). Offlining them individually breaks ...
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software raid1 compatible on OSX and Ubuntu on external disks

I'm using external disk dock with two disks and want to setup software raid1 so that the setup works when usb3 mounted from both ubuntu and osx. How is this possible?