Just so we're clear on what's happening:
- I bought 4 new sata 2 drives, with the intent of using them in a raid5
- all drive are fully recognised by both my bios and my linux box (gentoo)
- I created a raid5 array, fiddled a bit with it to understand how it works, how to monitor, etc.
- At some point, this triggered a degradedarray event, even though the array is brand new. I tried to stopping the array and recreating a new array with the same drive but the new array starts degraded too.
Here is what I used to create it:
mdadm --create -l5 -n4 /dev/md/md0-r5 /dev/sdb /dev/sdd /dev/sde /dev/sdf
Here are the output from my /proc/mdstat and
mdadm --detail --scan:
**mdstat** Personalities : [raid0] [raid1] [raid6] [raid5] [raid4] [raid10] md127 : active raid5 sdf sde sdd sdb 4395415488 blocks level 5, 64k chunk, algorithm 2 [4/3] [UUU_] [>....................] recovery = 2.8% (41689732/1465138496) finish=890.3min speed=26645K/sec unused devices: <none> **detail** ARRAY /dev/md/md0-r5 metadata=0.90 spares=1 UUID=453e2833:81f22a74:64188b84:66721085
As such I have a couple questions:
- does a raid5 array always start in degraded mode at first ?
- why does sdf have the number 4 between bracket instead of 3, why does it see a spare disk and why is the 4th drive marked with _ instead of U ? (bad configuration ?)
- How can I recreate the array from scratch, do i have to format each drive on its own before recreating it ?
Thanks for any help, I'm not sure about what I should do at the moment.