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RAIDing with LVM vs MDRAID - pros and cons?

In his answer to the question "mixed raid types", HBruijn suggests using LVM to implement RAID vs the more standard MDRAID. After a little investigation, it seems LVM also supports RAID ...
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How to recover a crashed Linux md RAID5 array?

Some time ago I had a RAID5 system at home. One of the 4 disks failed but after removing and putting it back it seemed to be OK so I started a resync. When it finished I realized, to my horror, that 3 ...
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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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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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Is Grub installed to all the MBR of a RAID array by default by the Debian Installer?

If I use the Debian Stable (Squeeze) Installer to install Debian, booting from a RAID1 pair of drives, does it write grub to the MBR of both drives - if not, how should I best protect against a drive ...
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lvm devices under /dev/mapper missing

I'm using Debian squeeze, and running LVM on top of software RAID 1. I just accidentally just discovered that most of the links under /dev/mapper are missing, though my system seems to be still ...
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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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How to mount/recover data on a disk that was part of a mdadm raid 1 on another machine?

Some background The disk itself was "worked on" by a friend and is said to be still intact, undamaged and still mountable/recoverable The disk was part of a software raid 1 on Ubuntu 12.04 The other ...
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Grow/resize RAID when upgrading visible size of disks

I originally created a software RAID using a controller that could only address 2TB per disk. The disks are 3 TB disks. It worked fine, but only used the first 2TB of each disk. I have now changed ...
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How do I recover a broken software RAID5 array?

Ack, I think I screwed up bad. I had a power failure on a RAID5 array which caused the metadata to be inconsistent between drives. I followed the advice here except a case of fat fingers caused me to ...
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mdadm Raid5 gives spares missing events

I succesfully builded up a raid5 array on debian testing (Wheezy). As the manpages and further tell, the array would be created as an out of sync array with just a new spare injected to be repaired. ...
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mdadm raid1 and what chunksize (or blocksize) on 4k drives?

I want to use two 3 TB drives in a mdadm raid1 setup (using Debian Sequeeze). The drives use 4k hardware sectors instead of the traditional 512 byte ones. I am a bit confused because on the one hand ...
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Monitor disk health using smartd (in smartmontools) on a high availability software RAID 1 server

I have a server with three identical SATA/600 3TB drives: /dev/sda, /dev/sdb, /dev/sdc. The drives are partitioned, using GPT with three partitions each: 1 MB: Reserved partition for boot loader 1 ...
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How to raid-mirror existing root partition?

I'd like to mirror my existing root (and only) partition on an SSD to another disk. It should be a sort of RAID-1, just asymmetric*. I know there's the option mdadm --write-behind, which should do it. ...
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In place upgrade of a software raid 5 array

I run a software raid array for my backups, but my data has outgrown capacity. considering I have a full 2.4TB array with 5*600GB drives and also have 5*2TB drives I would like to swap in. What ...
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md raid1 ext3 and 4k sectors slow with directory operations

I recently moved from a hardware RAID1 enclosure to using two eSATA drives with md. Everything seems to be working fine, except for the fact that directory traversals/listings sometimes crawl (on the ...
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Will the system make sure that mdadm is sync-ed before completing a reboot?

This is a follow up to my crazy mdadm problem. I'm trying to figure out what might have caused sda to get out of sync in the first place. The only thing I can think of is that I had just run a bunch ...
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How to setup a RAID system using USB sticks as storage media

I want to create an inexpensive self-hosted private git server with redundant storage. To that end I have bought a Raspberry Pi and configured both git and ssh on the Pi. I can access the Pi both from ...
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RAID 1 in linux

I'd like to setup RAID 1 with two drives in linux. I don't have a hardware RAID controller and don't want to buy one, so what is the best software RAID option for linux? Note: If it makes a ...
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Poor IO due to LUKS/Software RAID/LVM ordering?

I'm trying to determine if I should re-setup my RAID array due to poor IO performance. First off, the system: i7 920 4 4TB WD 5400 Green drives CentOS 6.3 host Secondly, the disk setup: ...
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Does Grub2 support putting /boot on a RAID5 partition?

It looks like currently most OS installers insist on putting /boot on a non-RAID partition (or the kind of RAID1 partition that "looks like" a non-RAID partition), even the installers that support ...
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How does Linux md-RAID handle disk read errors?

There are 2 cases: the read command times out at kernel level (30 seconds by default), the drive reports its unability to read a given sector before the kernel lose patience (the case I'm ...
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degraded software raid boot

I've installed Ubuntu 12.04.1 in a new server and set up the 4 hard drives with 3 RAID 1 devices, the configuration is such that the first two drives have md0 (swap space) and md1 (/) with the third ...
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RAID 10 can not be started

I have a RAID 10 array managed with mdadm which has failed . The symptom was that X has crashed and I was unable to logon from the terminal. I have restarted the computer and /dev/md1 did not start. ...
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lost superblock in md raid

Issue on Red Hat Linux 5. Due to some miscommunication two LUNs in our environment were enlarged from 1.2 TB to 1.7 TB. Now, after a reboot, mdadm does not find the superblocks to build the array ...
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mdadm - RAID5 array size vs. actual disk size mismatch

I have 4x 3TB WD RED disks that are in mdadm RAID5, which should total an array size of 9TB usable space, however I only have 6TB. I have confirmed all disks are in the array, the only strange thing ...
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No /etc/mdadm.conf in centos 6

I have installed centos 6 and setup a new RAID array with two disks. every thing is ok and I have partitioned the array but I don't see any /etc/mdadm.conf or /etc/mdadm/mdadm.conf files. I have ...
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How do I recover files from a single degraded mdadm raid1 drive? “not enough to start the array”

Given a single raid1 drive in degraded/rebuilding state, can it be force mounted? I'd like to recover all the files before undertaking the dangerous operation of pairing it and rebuilding. As far as ...
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what is commit=0 for ext4? does mdadm not support it?

I see this in my dmesg log EXT4-fs (md1): re-mounted. Opts: commit=0 EXT4-fs (md2): re-mounted. Opts: commit=0 EXT4-fs (md3): re-mounted. Opts: commit=0 I think that means that dealloc is disabled? ...
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What does mdadm's “spare” number mean?

I created a mdadm-based RAID 5 from six hard drives using the following command: # mdadm --create /dev/md0 --level=5 --raid-devices=5 \ /dev/sdb1 /dev/sdc1 /dev/sdd1 /dev/sde1 /dev/sdf1 \ ...
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mdadm; previously working; after “failure”, cannot join array due to disk size

Abstract I had a functional Raid 5 array, I rebooted the box, and then mdadm couldn't re-assamble one part. Seeing that it was only one part, I thought it would be easy to just re-sync. But that ...
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Reusing older raid discs

I have a software RAID5 array (Linux md) on 4 disks; the OS is OpenSUSE 12.3. Recently I replaced a disc with a larger one (fail disc, remove it, add new disc). The capacity of the array has not yet ...
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installing grub 2 on mdadm, which device?

when installing grub(2) to mdadm devices are you supposed to install it to /dev/sdX or /dev/mdX?
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Prevent debian from hindering boot if a software-raid problem exists

I have a computer that I rarely have physical access to. All my access to that computer is done using SSH. On that computer, there's a software RAID5 using MDADM. This array contains data in one ...
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Grub2 RAID /boot

I'm using Gentoo on my HomeServer. My HDDs are raid1 mirrored with mdadm. My problem is how to boot the /boot partition correct? /dev/md1 consists of /dev/sdc2 & /dev/sdd2 mounted on /boot In ...
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How does mdraid resync work?

I have two drives in a mirror (linux sw raid/mdadm); one drive somehow left the mirror in the past and its content is now several days old. At this moment, I'm using degraded mirror (with one drive ...
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Software RAID 10 Array Space Loss

I purchased a dedicated server from a hosting company for a forum I am starting and the drives are configured as 4 x 64GB SSD's in a RAID 10 software array. The total amount of space I was expected ...
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Software RAID 10 + LVM on mixed drives, sector 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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Unable to check a mdadm RAID1 array, says the file system's read only?

I recently migrated a RAID1 from a CentOS 5 system to a CentOS 6 system and ever since when I attempt to perform a check I get the following: $ echo 'check' > /sys/block/md127/md/sync_action ...
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How to get details of RAID devices both soft and hard?

I want to check if my server has RAID configured both soft and hard. I tried some commands on my server (Suse Enterprise Edition 11): **ms:~ # cat /proc/mdstat Personalities : unused devices: ...
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understanding the “chunk size” in context of RAID

Am I correct that chunk size in context of RAID is essentially the same thing as cluster in file-system context? In other words, chunk size is the smallest unit of data which can be written to a ...
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Can I create a 2 TB RAID-1 array out of one 2 TB disk and two 1 TB disks while preserving 1 TB of data?

I currently have 1 TB of data on a RAID-1 mdadm array. This array consists of one 1 TB disk and a 1 TB partition on a 2 TB disk. I have now bought a second 1 TB disk, and I would like to use this to ...
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What are potential consequences of going nuts with sparse file based vdevs for a LVM to ZFS migration?

I've been playing around with ZFS having finally accepted that it's mature enough I shouldn't get burned. Now to migrate the home NAS box which is currently an LVM JBOD set up that's quite full, but ...
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Resize MDADM/Software RAID underlying partition and filesystem

I am running out of space on my root partition and would like to steal some from a different partition. The drives are 2x120GB with mdadm software RAID. I am using CentOS 6.5 64-bit. I used the centos ...
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RAID 5 built using mdadm starts in degraded mode. Is this normal?

I am setting up a new set of drives on a CentOS 7 installation (10x1TB), however am seeing something annoying during the build process. When I attempt to build the array, it is immediately recognised ...
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Raid 5 not starting

I had a raid 5 with 3 disks in my old computer, but the motherboard died. I put all the disks in a New computer, but the raid doesn't want the start anymore. When booting the pc, i can see all ...
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How to install Debian Jessie properly onto multiple devices with BTRFS in mode RAID 1?

As a short introduction I'm going to tell you, what kind of setup I have and what I want to achieve. After that I try to explain my problem. Since this is my first question on U&L I have to ...
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Can't mount RAID after upgrade

I just upgraded my box to 14.04 and on bootup I got a message, that my RAID devices can't be mounted automatically so I chose to skip it and work through it after boot time. Now booted up, A mount -a ...
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High IO wait - How to determine the root cause?

I have a MySQL instance on two dedicated servers. One for the production, the other for the test platform. The 2 servers are pretty the same, the only difference is the RAID controller and the ...
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Recovering mismatched sectors in a RAID array

I recently got an automated email saying "WARNING: mismatch_cnt is not 0 on /dev/md3". I'm running a software RAID5 array using mdadm on CentOS 6.6 When Googling the message I found this:- The ...