I just converted my RAID1 array to a RAID5 array and added a third disk to it. I'd like to add a fourth disk without waiting fourteen hours for the first reshape to complete.
I just did this:
mdadm /dev/md0 --add /dev/sdf1 mdadm --grow /dev/md0 --raid-devices=3 --backup-file=/root/md0_n3.bak
The entry in /proc/mdstat looks like this:
md0 : active raid5 sdf1 sda1 sdb1 976759936 blocks super 0.91 level 5, 64k chunk, algorithm 2 [3/3] [UUU] [>....................] reshape = 1.8% (18162944/976759936) finish=834.3min speed=19132K/sec
Now I'd like to do this:
mdadm /dev/md0 --add /dev/sdd1 mdadm --grow /dev/md0 --raid-devices=4 --backup-file=/root/md8_n4.bak
Is this safe, or do I have to wait for the first reshape operation to complete?
P.S.: I know I should have added both disks first, and then reshaped from 2 to 4 devices, but it's a little late for that.