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What steps should I take to best attempt to recover a failed software raid5 setup?

My raid has failed, and I'm not sure what the best steps to take are in order to best attempt to recover it. I've got 4 drives in a raid5 configuration. It seems as if one has failed (sde1), but md ...
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Linux software-RAID4/RAID5 and CPU usage

In case of RAID4 or RAID5, for each stripe of data bits, a parity bit is stored. For example if I write 0 to drive A and 1 to drive B, then parity bit 1 is stored to drive C. Isn't this a huge load to ...
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Recovering Linux soft raid 5, disk stays as spare

I got disk failure on my Centos Linux soft raid 5 array (mdadm). I replaced one of the disk and started to rebuild the array. Next time I checked the status, the rebuild was failed. This is the ...
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mdadm grow operation giving nonstop libata errors

Running Debian 7, mdadm 3.2.5. I issued a command to grow a 5 disk, 3 spare raid 5 array to an 8 disk, 0 spare raid 6 array: mdadm --grow /dev/md0 --level=6 --raid-devices=8 ...
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ZRAID1 pool size bigger than expected

I have 3x 4TB drives for a ZRAID1 config (single parity drive) After running zpool create data zraid1 sdb sdc sdd I have a volume that's 10.9T in size, which is what I would expect from a stripe ...
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Replace a slowly dying drive in Linux software raid5

I have the same problem as in Can I "atomically" swap a raid5 drive in Linux software raid? i.e. a Linux software raid with 3 RAID5 disks where one disk is showing smart errors but isn't ...
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Recoving from a software RAID 5 disk failure

I'm putting together a cheap NAS box and I've read some articles about raid5 not being as robust as I'd imagined. I wanted to get some answers to the following questions before I proceed. I'm ...
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Linux RAID5 Optimal Chunk Size

I bring up, yet again, the ever-present question of how to best optimize disk structures. In my organization, we have a 14TB Linux software RAID array dedicated to storing backups made using Symantec ...
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How to grow mdadm RAID5 into degraded state?

mdadm - v3.2.5 - 18th May 2012 Currently have: Version : 1.2 Creation Time : Tue Jun 25 19:03:31 2013 Raid Level : raid5 Array Size : 2930135040 (2794.39 GiB 3000.46 GB) Used ...
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Is 5MB/s a reasonable speed for Dell Software Raid Controller in Raid5

I have a new PowerEdge T320. Details are: Intel Xeon E5-1410 @ 2.8 GHz 16GB Windows Server 2008 r2 configured as Domain Controller Dell PERC S110 Software Raid 4x 7200 rpm 1TB drives configured in ...
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Failing disks in RAID array - strategy suggestions required

I have a linux based software RAID 5 array. SMART has just started to send me emails complaining that one of the 5 disks has a Current Pending Sector Count of 9 and also an Offline Uncorrectable Count ...
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Windows Server 2008 Software Raid 5 - Data integrity issues

I've got a server running Windows Server 2008 R2, with a (windows native) software raid-5 array. The array consists of 7x 1TB Western Digital RE3 and RE4 drives. I have offline backups of this array. ...
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Single drive LVM to RAID6 LVM

I cloned my entire LVM volume group from a single drive to a RAID5 array with 3 disks. The VG is formed by these logical volumes: root swap home ... and other volumes of some XEN virtual machines. ...
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Risky to have RAID5 with 3x3TB drives? What alternatives should I be considering?

A drive dropped out of my raid 5 array yesterday. It looks like the reason was due to a bad controller so I switched it out and attempted to re-add the drive but mdadm claimed it couldn't do it. So I ...
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Cannot reactivate RAID-5 volume: The size of the plex member is invalid

We had a 3-drive Windows Server 2008 R2 RAID-5 fail (operating in redundancy mode): WDC 1 TB WDC 1 TB WDC 1 TB We removed the failed hard drive, and put a WDC 1 TB drive (that we had standing by) ...
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mdadm kernel log messages explained

Welcome. I try to recover from linux software raid failure. I am in a process of recreating the superblocks based on a syslog from the system when it was healthy. The log speaks about 2 md devices, ...
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What parameters to mdadm, to re-create md device with payload starting at 0x22000 position on backing storage?

I try to recover from mdadm raid disaster, which happened when moving from ubuntu server 10.04 to 12.04. I know the correct order of devices from dmesg log, but given this information, I still cannot ...
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How many really distinct permutations of volumes are in mdadm raid5 degraded array?

I'm attempting to recover from a failure of my raid volume after upgrade from ubuntu 10.04 to 12.04. I've tried re-creating the array in any combination of 5 elementary volumes with one replaced ...
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Ubuntu RAID5 Software Raid inactive - unable to boot into Ubuntu from non-raid drive

I have a server with 6 disks in it, 5 of which are in a RAID5 array. I came home from work today to find that the landlord had been through the house with a sparky, and the power had been reset. Now, ...
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What was the default chunk size in previous versions of mdadm? Is there a way to set data/super offset? Trying to recreate a raid 5 md with all spares

I have a 6 device raid 5 array which had 1 disk go bad and then due to a power outage, the machine shutdown and when it started all the disks were showing up as spares with the following mdadm -E ...
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1answer
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why does windows 2008 resync software RAID after a power outage?

i had a power outage. before the outage my RAID 5 (4 SATA drives) was fully synced. perhaps I was doing some trivial writes during the poweroutage, but afterwards windows decided it has to do a ...
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Software RAID setup questions [closed]

I would like to set up a server at home that will have several roles, but the primary and most critical role would be a file server. It will host family photos and videos among other things that I do ...
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Convert linux software raid from raid5 to raid6

I currently have a file server with 3 1.5TB disks in a RAID5 array. Since it's pretty much full, I got three additional disks (also 1.5TB each). Now I'd like to switch to RAID6 since 6TB space is ...
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Shrink windows server 2008 software raid

I have a windows server 2008 with 5*2TB disks in a windows server software raid 5. I want to shrink the volume down to 3 disks and use the other two disks elsewhere but can't find a guide on how to ...
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Software Raid 5 in Enclosure - Server Crash - Hope?

I'm a software guy. I have inherited a Windows 2008 server that had a 4 disk raid enclosure (one of those Rosewill ones from NewEgg I think) connected to it via eSata. The Windows server was ...
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Configure Windows RAID-5 “drive failed” timeout?

When a hard-drive controller detects an error, and needs to remap a sector, the drive normally becomes unresponsive for the seconds (or possibly minutes) it takes to try to complete the re-mapping. ...
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2008 R2 Software Raid 5, writing during resynching

I'm build a software Raid 5 under Windows server 2008 R2 with 4 x 2TB SATA2 (i3-540 4GB) I launched the process 24h ago, but the resynch progress is 27% only; - Is there a problem, or is it a normal ...
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Windows 2k3 server RAID 5

I've got a server at home running Windows 2003 Server. I use the server to house my media collection and backups from other PCs on my LAN. The server has 4 1TB drives along with a smaller system ...
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How can I view Server 2008 Software RAID 5 Resync Progress?

Skipping over the pros/cons of RAID 5, I have a software RAID-5 array made from 3x 2TB disks. I started the sync and nearly 12 hours later the sync is still going. Is there any way that I can view the ...
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1answer
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Windows Server 2008 R2 software Raid-5 slow over network

I'm using Windows Server 2008 R2 for my file server. I put a 7x1TB software raid-5 on it, and let it resynch. OS is installed on a separate disk. Now I'm getting very poor write speeds to the raid ...
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NAS software options?

I want to build a NAS that supports hard links (linux based, NFS?) due to the software that will use it. I need some kind of RAID in case of a single drive failure. I really like FlexRaid, but it ...
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438 views

Can I resize a software RAID-5 in Windows Server 2k8 R2 Enterprise?

I want to add a fourth disk to my software storage RAID in server 2k8 R2. I'm not seeing any way to do this with the built in disk manager, Paragon Partition Manager, or EASEUS Partition Manager. Is ...
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1answer
234 views

Create superblock for software raid-5 array

I have created a raid 5 array with mdadm. I created partitions on all five of the disks created a raid-5 array with mdadm on these five partitions). Everything seems fine however when i try to mount ...
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Sources of bottleneck for Linux RAID5 software array

I created a 7-drive RAID5 array with mdadm and put LVM2 on the array should I want to expand it in the future. I formatted as XFS. I basically followed this tutorial line for line: Easy to expand ...
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mdadm on ubuntu 10.04 - raid5 of 4 disks, one disk missing after reboot

I'm having a problem with the raid array in a server (Ubuntu 10.04). I've got a raid5 array of 4 disks - sd[cdef], created like this: # partition disks parted /dev/sdc mklabel gpt parted /dev/sdc ...
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Recover data from PERC 6/i RAID5 array using software RAID

I have 4 hard drives from a RAID5 array from a Dell server that suffered physical damage to the PERC 6/i RAID controller card. The 4 disks themselves are undamaged and I've created 4 disk images ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 Software Raid 5, Resynching (4 days so far)

I have a software raid 5 of 5x1,5Tb harddrives, this raid has been made in Windows Server 2008 R2. Now I know that Resynching can take a lot of time to be preformed, but so far have it been running ...
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What happen when you replace a broken harddrive with a bigger one into RAID5

Given I have a raid 5 of /dev/sda, dev/sdb, /dev/sdc, now with the same size (said 250G) But later, /dev/sda failed, so I replaced it with /dev/sdd of 500G. What happens? If Later I replace /dev/sdb ...
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How do I stop and repair a RAID 5 array that has failed and has I/O pending?

The short version: I have a failed RAID 5 array which has a bunch of processes hung waiting on I/O operations on it; how can I recover from this? The long version: Yesterday I noticed Samba access ...
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mdadm: Replacing array with entirely new drives

I have a server with three 500GB drives, with most of my data in a RAID5 configuration spanning the three of them. I just purchased and installed four 1TB drives, and the intention is to move off of ...
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How do I replace a disk marked as removed from a linux md raid-5 array?

I had some recent computer issues and somehow one of my disks ended up not being recognized in my array anymore. It identifies fine, and both smart and some other disk checking utils all say its fine, ...
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Software RAID 5 with different sized hard drives

Is it possible to use Linux software raid with different sized hard drives? What will happen? Related
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What is the procedure for reactivating a failed mdadm RAID5 array?

I have a three disk RAID5 array managed with mdadm, with an XFS filesystem on it. While I was using the machine, I noticed the machine suddenly become unresponsive (new programs wouldn't start, etc), ...
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Software MDADM RAID 5 - Inactive MD0 showing

I have Linux (Crunchbang 8.10) set up with 3x1TB Hard drives set up as software RAID5. It has recently suddenly stopped working. cat /proc/mdstat shows the following: Personalities : [linear] ...
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Is it safe to shutdown a machine while rebuilding/recovering/growing a RAID5 array that was built with mdadm

I have recently started a recovery on my 5-drive RAID in my file-server, and it says it'll take 691+ minutes to complete. I was wondering what would happen to the process if the machine lost power - ...
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Should I worry about the integrity of my linux software RAID5 after a crash or kernel panic?

I have a dual core Intel i5 Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS system running kernel 2.6.32-22-server #33-Ubuntu SMP with three 1TB SATA hard drives set up in a RAID5 array using linux md devices. I have read ...
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Why do I get a DegradedArray event with mdadm

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 ...
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Easy to expand Linux software RAID 5 with XFS. Best practices?

I use my Ubuntu machine as a file server for Windows/Linux/Mac clients using a Samba share. I need it to be easily expandable by just adding more hard drives without having to move any data back and ...
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Is there a way to add a new drive to the windows software raid 5 volume? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Expand Windows Server 2008 RAID 5 array Hello there! Is there any way to extend my Windows Server 2008 R2 software RAID5 volume by another drive or am I bound to recreate ...
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Growing a Linux software RAID5 array

On my home file server, I've got a 1.5TB software RAID5 array, built from four 500gb Western Digital drives. I've got a fifth drive that I usually run as a hot spare (but have out of the array at the ...