A linux utility used to manage software RAID devices.

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Applying a patch to mdadm

I have configured RAID 6 using mdadm, and after trying to add a new disk to the ARRAY (replacing a faulty one), I am receiving the following error: mdadm --manage /dev/md0 --add /dev/sdi mdadm: ...
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Is it possible to create a mdadm RAID10 with both near and far layout options?

How do you create a mdadm RAID10 with both near and far layout options? The wiki indicates it is doable. The "near" and "far" options can be used together... The man pages for mdadm don't ...
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How do I (re)build/create/assemble an IMSM RAID-0 array from disk images instead of disk drives using mdadm?

The question: Using Linux and mdadm, how can I read/copy data as files from disk images made from hard disks used in an Intel Rapid Storage Technology RAID-0 array (formatted as NTFS, Windows 7 ...
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Install mdadm without postfix in ubuntu trusty

I want to build a RAID system on top of Ubuntu Trusty. When I do apt-get install mdadm A screen pop up asking me to configure postfix. Because I will run this installation in automation script. Is ...
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Centos 7.2 Convert single LVM to RAID Mirror Reinstall BootLoader

I am trying to convert a single-drive Centos 7.2 installation with LVM into a two-disk mdadm mirror with mrrored LVM. I was able to follow the excellent instructions at: ...
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mdadm does not automount raid0 disks under /media/storage

I've beat my head against this issue all night and I can't seem to wrap my head around it. I've recently installed Linux Mint 17.3 Mate to replace my Windows 10 machine and after some tinkering I've ...
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“Spare” disk in a 2-disk mdadm RAID1 array?

I recently had a RAID1 volume fail. It had three primary partitions in it, all participating in separate, but similarly configured VGs. This configuration comes from the fact that the machine is ...
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Debian boot with encrypted disks: RAID is not assembled

Situation I am running Debian 8 on my machine. The disk setup is as follows: # lsblk NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT sda 8:0 0 55.9G 0 ...
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Mount existing RAID 5 to Open Vault Media but cannot see any file

I have an existing mdadm RAID5 pool with 3 disks running on Debian. When I connect this RAID5 pool to Open Media Vault (OMV), OMV recognise the pool and all information: disks, usage, free space.... ...
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Adding new devices to an mdadm raid10 - new device has fewer sectors

I'm trying to add two new drives to grow a raid10 created with mdadm v3.4 on debian testing with kernel 4.4.6-1. The problem is that the new drives I have have just a few sectors less that the ...
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/dev/md127 refuses to stop. No open files

So I'm trying to stop /dev/md127 on my Ubuntu 12.10 box. It was set up as RAID1, but I'm trying to move everything (well, rename) to md0. I read that renaming isn't possible, so I'm trying to remove ...
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Shrinking LVM physical volume on top of mdadm degraded RAID array, adding a spare and rebuilding it

I have a Debian Wheezy system with a couple of 500 GB HDDs in RAID-1 (mdadm mirror), on top of which sits LVM logical volumes with 5 partitions (boot, root, usr, var and tmp), total size of 47.15 GiB. ...
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Automate replacing failed disk in software RAID

Can mdadm automatically recognize a plugged disk as a spare, partition it and add? My config: [root@okvmh2 ~]# lsblk -a NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT sda 8:0 ...
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How to safely replace a not-yet-failed disk in a Linux RAID5 array?

I have a software RAID5 array (Linux md) on 4 disks. I would like to replace one of the disks with a new one, without putting the array in a degraded state, and if possible, online. How would that ...
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mdadm RAID - Restart during Grow (Shrink) reshape - not working (stuck)

I have a linux software Raid6 array (mdadm). I grew it from 6x4TB disks (16TB usable) to 7x4TB (20TB usable). The reshape went fine, but when I did resize2fs, I got the fairly well known issue of ...
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md raid not mounted by dracut

Background I'm running Centos 7. Originally, it was running on a single disk that looked something like this: 1 200M EFI System (/boot/efi) 2 500M Microsoft basic (/boot) 3 465.1G ...
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Install CentOS on RAID (manually) on UEFI system

I'm struggling with the manual configuration of a RAID1 + RAID10. I'm trying the procedure on a VM (VirtualBox 5.0.14 r105127) on OSX 11.10.3. The strategy I took is: The complete set of commands I ...
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Why is uEFI firmware unable to access a software RAID 1 /boot/efi partition?

BIOS firmware can boot a BIOS formatted /boot partition installed on a software RAID 1 pair no problem. It can even boot from a /boot installed on LVM volume that lives on a software RAID 1 pair. But ...
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Hard drive failure at service provider - how to restore/remount data from/on Raid

First I am not a server administrator - and am volunteering to help a non-profit with a crisis. I start from the beginning. The non-profit has a dedicated server contract with 1&1 internet. On ...
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mdadm: no devices listed in conf file were found - Debian 8 with GPT

I have a Debian Jessie (3.16.7-ckt20-1+deb8u3) system with RAID1 on 2x 3TB hard drives. Grub can't be installed into MBR on drives >2TB, thus I have GPT with 1MB bios partition: Device Start ...
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raid5 array reassembles as raid0

I found simmilar problem here: Missing mdadm raid5 array reassembles as raid0 after powerout, but mine is a bit different. Here too my raid5 reassembles as raid0, but i don't see any of my devices ...
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Dependency failed for mount after dist-upgrade

Last weekend, I ran an apt-get dist-upgrade on a home Debian 8.3 system, and was surprised to see that it entered emergency mode on the next boot. The server in question runs LVM on top of a mdadm ...
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create raid1 from existing lvm local volume

I have an existing LVM, with one physical drive (say /dev/sdb), and one volume group (say volgrp1), here I have three logical volumes (say lvSys, lvHome, lvSwap). Now I worry about my data and by a ...
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MD RAID 5 module doesn't load at boot

I recently upgraded my NAS to kernel 4.4 and now my md raid 5 array doesn't assemble itself at boot. dmesg reveals this: [ 2.299666] md: personality for level 5 is not loaded! and doing lsmod | ...
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Ubuntu Server: How to make bootable bios_grub RAID device?

I have a stable Ubuntu (14.04.3) Server-powered file server that I have set up, and want to set up a RAID10 array for it. For reference, I have been following this guide so far, but using RAID10 ...
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Is there a way to rebuild only part of a disk in an mdraid5 setup?

Last night I accidentally used dd to overwrite the first ~20GB of a drive in a RAID5 array. When I noticed, I repaired the array with $ mdadm --fail /dev/md127 /dev/sdb $ mdadm --remove /dev/md127 ...
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What chunks are mismatched in a Linux md array?

This is a repost of a question I asked on ServerFault and was automatically deleted for lack of activity. Let's hope it will have better luck here. After performing a "check" (by writing check to ...
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lsblk shows non-existent md partitions after reboot

I'm getting weird behaviour while setting up an mdadm RAID1 array on debian 8.2. After I set-up the array, lsblk shows: simon@debian-server:~$ lsblk NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE ...
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What happens if Host OS of MDADM md0 crashes

So I am debating getting software RAID. But I am trying to reduce the single point of failure problem. I don't think hardware raid is an option as I can't afford a high-end adapter, and I think I like ...
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mdadm: can't remove components in RAID 1

I have my /boot partition in a RAID 1 array using mdadm. This array has degraded a few times in the past, and every time I remove the physical drive, add a new one, bring the array being to normal, ...
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mdadm raid 1 array superblock can't be ready

I have a ubuntu linux box, with a raid mirror, 2x3TB using mdadm It's not the system disk, but a raid 1 mirror that contains some files I really need to keep. After power cut, restarted and now ...
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RAID resyncing automatically?

I rather randomly checked the status of my RAID arrays with cat/proc/mdstat and realized, that one of my arrays seems to be resyncing: md1 : active raid1 sdb7[1] sdc7[0] 238340224 blocks [2/2] ...
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RAID5 needs drive to be added every reboot

I have a 3 disk RAID5 mdadm array total 4TB on an Ubuntu Server 14.04.3 LTS. Since a kernel panic caused by an already replaced device unrelated to the array, after every reboot the array starts ...
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What happens if my RAID fails while the swap is on it?

Today I removed swap from the system drive on my Debian. And created a swapfile on md0. So, I have a RAID1 array for data and a swapfile (the only swapfile). The system with boot partition is on ...
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RAID1 superblock recovery

I have a big issue with my RAID1 array. I transferred my RAID1 (mdadm) to a new PC, but when I was installing it, I rebuilt the array as a RAID0. No data has been written to the disks. When I try ...
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I'd like to verify mdadm RAID1 is completely fine

Is there some mdadm --verify similar command, which would read all sectors of both disks in RAID1 to truly verify it's fine?
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How to make mdstat ignore specified devices

I have a hypervisor with KVM that uses zvols for virtual machine storage. One such virtual machine was moved from a physical one and has software RAID inside it. Zvols are detected as block devices on ...
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Remove 1 disk from mdadm RAID 0 array

The server has a 7-disk RAID 0 array, and sdf is starting to die. Is there a way to remove sdf while keeping the array intact? # df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/md1 14T ...
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Why does mdadm believe my raid1 “has failed so using --add cannot work”?

TLDR: Trying to add a blank partition to a degraded RAID1 with mdadm 3.3.2 (Debian Jessie) fails, saying the (perfectly working!) array has "failed" and "--add cannot work". Is it telling me of a real ...
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Configuring a mdadm RAID-1 on SSD and HDD

I need to configure a RAID-1 on one SSD and one HDD. Both SSD and HDD has some preinstalled software, which I don't need so both can be fully wiped if that is any advantage. My research so far lead ...
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FIx RAID configuration after upgrade to Debian/Jessie with ICH9 chipset

I upgraded from Squeeze to Wheezy without problems. But after upgrading to Jessie the system cannot boot anymore (using LILO). LILO ERROR: Duplicated Volume ID O 24.1 Loading Linux ....(snip) BIOS ...
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MDADM RAID 0 Failure

Last night I noticed my system clock on my Ubuntu Server was 5 minutes fast so I ran an 'ntpdate pool.ntp.org' command and went to bed. This morning I noticed that SAMBA shares were not working. ...
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Can I create a software RAID 1 with one device

I have a single disk that I want to create a Mirror of, Lets call this disk sda I have just bought another identicle size disk, which we can call sdb. sda and sdb have one partition called sda1 and ...
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Replacing a disk to RAID5 failed

I removed a faulty disk from my RAID5 with mdadm --manage /dev/md0 -r /dev/sdd1 and replaced it with a new one. I tried to add it with mdadm --manage /dev/md0 -a /dev/sdd1 but it's only added as a ...
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mdadm RAID10 - change broken disk

Tonight my server stopped answering to ssh, ping, so I drove to the server room. Server did not respond to keyboard (even Ctrl-Alt-Del), there was no data on screen (it was black, no symbols on it), ...
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mdadm: /dev/md0 assembled from 3 drives - not enough to start the array

I had a drive in my raid5 fail a while back. I believe the problem was due to a power failure at the time, but originally thought it might be the hard drive controllers on the motherboard. (this is ...
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How to speed up migration from Raid 5 to Raid 6 with mdadm?

Today I started the migration of my Raid 5 to Raid 6 by adding a new disk (going from 7 to 8 disks, all 3TB). Now the reshape is in progress: Personalities : [raid6] [raid5] [raid4] md0 : active ...
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Using mdadm --examine to write mdadm.conf

I'm trying to script the RAID setup for a (growing) number of identical servers. The advice I've seen for using mdadm suggests that once the RAID array has been created you can run mdadm --examine ...
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how to access data on RAID10 (consisting of 2 disks) using only 1 disk?

A long time ago I setup a RAID consisting of 2 disks. I wanted more than else safety/redundancy and indeed I think I wanted a RAID1. Now I have only access to one of those 2 disks and looking at it I ...
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raid10 “recovery aborted due to read error” drives being marked spare

I'm trying to recover my RAID10 array. All devices are plugged into a PCI controller that I've been using for a number of years now. I just replaced all of the drives in the system, as they all seemed ...