A linux utility used to manage software RAID devices.

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Grow individual drive size in RAID5 array

My array is built of 3 hard drive of 2TB, I have 2 more free space and I would love to start to grow my array with 4TB hard drives, if I start to put 2 4TB hard drives and eventualy replace the 2TB ...
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mdadm: activating spare and removing 'removed' disks

I added 1 disk to my raid array, started reshaping, and then remembered that I forgot to partition the drive. So I partitioned and readded the disk. I'd like to get rid of that 'removed' and activate ...
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Restore lost RAID1 volume on Synology with mdam

Several days ago I found my DS412+ in fatal state. Volume1 crashed, system volume too. Moreover, Volume2 disappeared from the system! It looks like Volume1 had no free space and cannot transfer data ...
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mdadm array keeps losing disks on separate SATA controller

My Ubuntu Linux server has an mdadm array (RAID 5) with four 2TB SATA disks that keeps "loosing" two disks from time to time. Rebooting and re-assembling the arrays has worked out fine up until now. ...
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How to setup Debian Jessie to boot from broken RAID1

I want to setup Debian Jessie in EFI-mode with a LVM on an LUKS on a RAID1. I tried it with the Installer but when i remove one of the hard drives the whole system isn't booting any more. What I ...
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mdadm: drive replacement shows up as spare and refuses to sync

Prelude I had the following devices in my /dev/md0 RAID 6: /dev/sd[abcdef] The following drives were also present, unrelated to the RAID: /dev/sd[gh] The following drives were part of a card reader ...
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Data recovery seems impossible after kernel upgrade. MDADM (Raid1) LVM2

I opened a question about rebuilding a bad partition My Problem that din't take me anywhere. Bad news is the company trying to rescue the data says it's finding huge inconsistencies they can see some ...
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How to rebuild Raid arrays after booting to a live cd?

Problem: Botched kernel upgrade left me with an unbootable system (don't ask me how it also made my backup kernel unbootable) where boot and root are on mdadm raid 1 arrays (with metadata 1.0/1.2 ...
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Disaster recovery. MDADM/LVM2 Some advance but stuck on final mount

We made a stupid upgrade on a running server using wrong repositories and the system became totally unbootable. The system, a SLES 11 we used a openSuse repository to upgrade, and everything went ...
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In a software RAID1, why does tune2fs -c 0 /dev/sda1 not throw an error but change is not seen in tune2fs -l /dev/sda1?

The Title pretty much says it all. Turn off mount count fsck seems to succeed: tune2fs -c 0 /dev/sda1 tune2fs -c 1 /dev/md0 But listing out via tune2fs -l /dev/sda1 shows mount count is set back ...
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How to have automatic file system checks for Linux Software Raid?

In a Linux Software raid, what is the best practice for periodically having the filesystems checked? With single drive or hardware raid, tune2fs -c 5 -i 1w /dev/sda1 means check the filesystem every ...
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ThinkServer RD440 raid mess

Does anybody have experience dealing with raid config on these new Thinkpad servers? My problem is the following: In order to be able boot this server I must put the drives to RAID1 to create an SCM ...
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Can't rebuild a linux RAID array after replacing disk, “mdadm: Cannot open /dev/sdb1: Device or resource busy”

I have replaced a failed drive in my server with a new one, and wish to add it back to the array. I am getting the following error, what can I do to resolve this? [root@la ~]# cat /proc/mdstat ...
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CentOS 7: GPT and software RAID 1 without 'biosboot' partition

I have a CentOS 6 server with software RAID1 (2x3TB): - sda # parted /dev/sda unit s print Model: ATA TOSHIBA DT01ACA3 (scsi) Disk /dev/sda: 5860533168s Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/4096B ...
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what is the purpose of mdadm's check command?

I discovered one of my servers running slower than usual today because of the checkarray launched by a cronjob installed by default on the server. This is Ubuntu 14. In this particular case, I have ...
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mdadm: Convert RAID10 to RAID1

The machine in question is equipped with 4x ssd, and running Debian wheezy 7.8, linux kernel 3.2.0-4, mdadm v3.2.5. Currently I'm using a RAID10 consisting of all these ssd. I've to increase the ...
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Repairing RAID6 with two drive issues mdadm

I have had two disk failures on my RAID6 array. I have added two new disks and did the following: I ran mdadm /dev/md1 --remove on the two disks I set up my RAID on the 1st partition of each disk ...
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Best way to RAID 4 x Intel SSD 910 for PostgreSQL

I have a Linux (debian/ubuntu) server with 4 x Intel SSD 910 800GB pcie that I need to RAID together. The biggest problem with these card is that they give you 4x200GB drives that you cant ...
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Why is my HDD partition a character special device?

I have a bunch of old 1T disks with an mdadm array on them. They had been out of commission for awhile, but yesterday I slotted them into a server running an up to date Debian Jessie. Eventually I ...
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How to best use Amazon's “ephemeral” SSD devices under Linux? [closed]

Amazon attaches "ephemeral" SSD device(s) to most of the instace-types -- these are included in the cost of VM, are fast, but any data on them is lost, when the VM is shut down. How to make the best ...
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How to Mounting RAID0 EBS Volumes after reboot on EC2?

I've already attached two volumes to my EC2 instance and configured RAID0 for them. After a reboot, the volumes didn't re-attach. I thought I had configured them to attach on reboot in fstab but they ...
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Move an ext3 fs to a larger mdadm array in one step

I have an ext3 fs on an mdadm array of 1TB disks on an openSUSE system, and I want to move the fs to a new array of (the same number of) 3TB disks. I can have the system running with this fs ...
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Linux: Rebuilding software Raid 1 fails when adding partition

I had an issue yesterday with a software Raid, where one disk had to be replaced. I removed the partitions from the array using mdadm /dev/mdx -r /dev/sdbx After the failed drive has been replaced ...
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Raid-5 Linux Software array, 3 drives “removed”

I have a raid array with several drives marked as removed. I want to add them back in, but am not sure how to do so. [root@tera2 ~]# mdadm --detail /dev/md3 /dev/md3: Version : 1.2 ...
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Not sure how to change primary partition size and add a new partition on a software RAID1 using mdadm, as well as parted or fdisk?

I'm trying to create a /data partition to run drbd. However the drbd guide only shows steps for an fdisk on a normal disk, and not mdadm software raid. So I have sda3/sdb3, which are holding ...
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Transient errors on Linux RAID1 and RAID10

On the Arch Linux wiki you can read: Due to the fact that RAID1 and RAID10 writes in the kernel are unbuffered, an array can have non-0 mismatch counts even when the array is healthy. These non-0 ...
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Mounting device from degraded RAID 1

I am trying to mount device form raid 1 (created on other device), because I need to copy data from this disk. When I am trying to assemble new array i get a message: foo@bar# mdadm -A -R -v ...
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Ubuntu Software RAID 1 with NTFS weird volumes on RAID Array

I'm trying to mirror two secondary 2TB HDDs with RAID 1 with 1 big NTFS partition and am coming cross something that looks weird to me, although it could just be my complete ignorance because this is ...
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RAID rebuilding seems to have stopped

My server was running a RAID 1 array with two disks. One of those disk failed today and was replaced. I've copied the GPT partition to the new hard disk (sda) with: sgdisk -R /dev/sda /dev/sdb ...
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How can I force soft raid to read only from one disk?

I have quite a large IO wait showing in top. I suspect this is fault of SDA drive (on of 2 disks in RAID array), which was replaced about week ago. There are no errors visible, smart showing nothing, ...
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Remote system's filesystem disappeared after “mdadm --grow 2 /dev/md0”?

Yesterday, I added a second 500GB hard drive to a system. This system was installed as a RAID-1 system with only one drive, because I didnt have the other one on hand. After finally adding the second ...
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How do I list which drives are part of each RAID array?

I have a linux software RAID using md. I want to list all of my RAID arrays and each hard drive attached to them. Is there an easy way to do that?
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Can't mount raid 1 with different size disks

I have a EC2 instance with a an ssd on xvdm (20 gb, 60 iops) and another ssd on xvdb (16 gb, better iops - instance store). The xvdm contains a mysql database and I'm trying to join these 2 disks in a ...
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mdadm isn't rebuilding the array

I recently replaced a drive (/dev/sdb). All arrays have been rebuilt correctly except for one of them (/dev/md2). There is no problem with the new drive. Partitions are OK. mdadm says it's "spare ...
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mdadm/grub2/lvm boot failure if all drives are physically connected

Weird problem here. I've got a Debian 7 server (quad core, 32GB RAM) that runs a whole bunch of VMs. The main boot drive is a RAID 1, with an LVM volume group called System, which contains a bunch of ...
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Ubuntu server becomes unresponsive on hard disk issues despite raid setup

I am running a server on Ubuntu 10.04.4 LTS (Linux xxxx 2.6.32-67-server #134-Ubuntu SMP Wed Sep 24 18:55:00 UTC 2014 x86_64 GNU/Linux) with two hard discs in a software raid 1. I repeatedly had the ...
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How to add software RAID-1 to an existing system?

I couldn't find any tutorials for converting a non-RAID Linux system (Ubuntu 14.04 in my case) into a disk-level RAID-1 system after installing a second disk (/dev/sdb) Is the following correct? ...
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Analyze SMART self-test for broken disks [closed]

I recently came home from vacation only to wake up the following morgon with two disks in my RAID5 array marked as faulty. I was able to start the RAID by forcing it to use the faulty disks and run, ...
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Increase space on RAID 10

I have a RAID10 with 7 working devices ,4 actives and 3 spares .I want to increase the RAID's space from 4 devices to 6 . i use this : sudo mdadm --grow --raid-devices=6 /dev/md0 but it gives me ...
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To write in mdadm.conf in initramfs prompt doesn"t not save changes after reboot

I made a mistake with my mdadm.conf with my debian backup server. I used this command : mdadm --detail --scan --verbose >> /etc/mdadm/mdadm.conf to add a raid5 (it works great). By using ...
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Order of execution: First file system, then array vs. first array, then file system

Suppose I have two HDDs, same manufacturer, same model, same attributes (volume, speed, cache, ...). Both are equally partitioned. I want to have a level one array of two disks with one ext4 ...
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mdadm RAID6 to RAID60

Is it easy to convert a RAID6 to a RAID60? Right now, I have an 8-drive RAID6. I'm looking to upgrade to a 3U 16-bay system and thinking of having a 16-drive RAID60. Is it possible to move my ...
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mdadm: can't remove broken drive from raid1

I have a ubuntu server Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.2.0-34-generic x86_64) that uses a software raid with 2 physical drives. Apparently, one drive is unresponsive, and I try to remove it from ...
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Disabling damaged RAID 1 to read from healthy HDD

One of the HDDs in my software RAID 1 on a dedicated server is damaged. The customer support is slow to respond. I would like to transfer all data I need to another server, but file access is ...
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Grub rescue, will not boot from mdadm RAID, no such disk or device — mduuid wrong?

I am running a 14 disk RAID 6 on mdadm behind 2 LSI SAS2008's in JBOD mode (no HW raid) on Debian 7 in BIOS legacy mode. Grub2 is dropping to a rescue shell complaining that "no such device" exists ...
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MDADM - Raid 1 - Change a disk with a smaller one

I have a Ubuntu server with the operating system installed on a raid1 created with two 500GB devices. the second drive failed. I now how to replace it, but my goal now is to move the operating system ...
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Cannot install grub, segmentation fault, unable to identify filesystem, superfluous RAID member, found two disks with same index — Debian 7

A server was recently transported from location A to B, a long journey that took six months. Things have gone wrong due to nothing being labeled prior to shipment. Yes, I know --- it was done by ...
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mdadm - unable to reconstruct the raid1

When restarting my server, it (sometimes) fails to reconstruct my RAID-1 array (2 disks). My server, a 10-year-old computer, often changes sda into sdb or sdc which seems to annoy mdadm. When it ...
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Resizing a software RAID remotely, no LVM, / partition

I have a server that has a software RAID without LVM. That is only mdadm. There are the partitions /dev/sda2 and /dev/sdb2 which form /dev/md2. There is also a lot of space after both /dev/sda2 and ...
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mdadm RAID0 array recovery

I have a Linux file server with two 12-disk MD1000 disk arrays attached to a RAID controller. Unfortunately, a power blip has caused a loss of configuration data on the RAID controller and it is now ...