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I'm trying to understand what could have gone wrong.

for context:
I have a mirrored set with 3 drives and non-ECC memory. Not sure what else to share.

I was under assumption that having a 3-way mirror would keep me relatively secure from incidental corruptions, like failing drives, or that memory corruption would be recoverable (from one of 2 remaining disks).

But I'm probably misunderstanding.
Can anyone explain what could have gone wrong so I can secure myself for the future?

$ sudo zpool status -v
  pool: dozer
 state: ONLINE
status: One or more devices has experienced an error resulting in data
    corruption.  Applications may be affected.
action: Restore the file in question if possible.  Otherwise restore the
    entire pool from backup.
   see: http://zfsonlinux.org/msg/ZFS-8000-8A
  scan: scrub repaired 0 in 8h36m with 1 errors on Sun Jan  6 02:12:32 2019
config:

    NAME                                          STATE     READ WRITE CKSUM
    dozer                                         ONLINE       0     0     1
      mirror-0                                    ONLINE       0     0     2
        ata-WDC_WD40EFRX-68N32N0_WD-WCC7K1ZKZLYK  ONLINE       0     0     2
        ata-WDC_WD40EFRX-68N32N0_WD-WCC7K6VCAZXL  ONLINE       0     0     2
        ata-ST4000DM000-1F2168_S301LW48           ONLINE       0     0     2

errors: Permanent errors have been detected in the following files:

        /dozer/path/to/my/file
  • Thanks for the acceptance, favour returned, question upvoted! – Fabby Jan 7 at 20:50
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You do understand that if any single non-RAIDed drive has a failure, you lose data and the same is true if one of the non-ECC memory chips has a failure: you lose data.

And even if you have:

  • dual processors
  • dual NICs
  • dual hard drives
  • ECC memory
  • High-availability fail-over servers in a different data centre on a different continent

...any kind of uncorrectable error (Bug, human, Electro-Magnetic Pulse, .. ) can still lead to data loss.

And that's why, with all this nifty technology, we still have multiple off-line backups today.

Note: On-line backups / Data replication to a secondary Data Centre can be corrupted too in this way

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    When on doubt, backup. If still in doubt, backup again. – Rui F Ribeiro Jan 6 at 12:55
  • Thanks! Yea, I do have a backup, just trying to make sure I haven't set it up in a wrong way or something. I'm also willing to accept the fact of having non-ECC, hence backup. – Bartek Chlebek Jan 6 at 13:28
  • Let me get one thing straight, please. If something messed up in, say, ata-ST4000DM000-1F2168_S301LW48, then zfs would recover from one of the other drives, right? But if the corruption happened in memory, then mirror doesn't help anymore. Is that correct? – Bartek Chlebek Jan 6 at 13:28
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    Correct. @BartekChlebek (For some or other reason, I never replied to the last comment...) – Fabby Jan 13 at 11:13

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