RAID (redundant array of independent disks, originally redundant array of inexpensive disks[1][2]) is a storage technology that combines multiple disk drive components into a logical unit. Data is distributed across the drives in one of several ways called "RAID levels", depending on what level of ...

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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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Proxmox and PXE boot

I have 10 rack servers, each has an 80 GB hard drive, and a Dell PowerVault with no hard drives. It is possible to take all these hard drives and put them in the PowerVault cluster, then boot proxmox ...
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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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Reshape linux md raid5 that is already being reshaped?

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 ...
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Terminal Server disk performance

Our users experience slow session performance at times during normal work hours. Applications (IE, Office Apps etc.) are slow to respond so is switching between them. This problem happens sporadically ...
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Manually recovering a RAID5 array, how to approach?

Basic situation: I'm looking to manually reconstruct a RAID5 array for which the controller has lost the configuration. To complicate matters, the volume is encrypted with full disk encryption (to ...
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BAD stripes in controller and windows utility to remap bad blocks

Ok, here is my story. I have 3 disks raid 5, one of the disks made a few surface errors and I didn't know. I tried to repair the corrupted database table in mysql and the machine froze on write. I ...
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Completely replacing (upgrading) a RAID 5 array of disks on an ESXi server

I have a development server that runs several VM on ESXi 5. It has an array of disks in the RAID 5 configuration where all of the disks are currently the same size. I would like to expand storage on ...
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HP MSA60 complains that new drives are faulty

We got some replacement drives from HP PN 454273-001 1TB 7.2k drives. We put them into the msa. It completes rebuild but when we run the hp insight diagnostics tests. It comes back as read write error ...
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Do I need to rebuild the array after putting in a new hot spare?

So my experience with RAID is minimal. So I figured I'd come and ask here. We have a 16 drive RAID system that have 15 drives in RAID 5 with a hot spare left over. Recently one of the drives in the ...
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Reusing Raid 5 Drive?

We have two servers (ML530 G2 and DL380G2) w/ identical HP 10K RPM SCSI drives w/ a raid 5. One is decommissioned and the other will be decommissioned shortly. However, one of the drives on the ...
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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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Building hybrid RAID10 + RAID5 environment

I have the following configuration: simple video surveillance system (server 1: recording past 24h; server 2: recording past 30 days). I am primarily using the content on the 24h storage, while 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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Repurpose spare drive in HP ProLiant RAID 5 array

We have 8 300GB SAS drives in a RAID5 + Spare configuration. It seems data capacity planning came up a bit short and I need more disk space. Instead of replacing drives with 600 GB models, I would ...
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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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RAID5 and different sizes of HDDs

Today I set up my first RAID ever. I decided to use RAID5, because I want as much space as possible, but I'm to afraid to use RAID0 because of possible data loss. I have 4 0,5TB drives and in RAID5 I ...
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replacing drive in raid 5 array with non-standard disk

I have a Raid 5 array made up of three HP brand 10k rpm SAS-6G drives with 146 gb size. One of the drives is telling me from its LED that it needs replacement. When I ordered a replacement I found ...
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Is this a possible/good RAID setup?

Earlier this week, one drive in our office's 2-year-old RAID5 array (4x 750GB Seagate drives, HP ProLiant 110 with Smart Array controller, running Windows Server 2003) failed. From what I know, RAID5 ...
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ServeRAID M5015 Controller upgrading hard disks without downtime or data loss?

The configuration is as follows: 13 x 450G disks on RAID5 with 1 hot spare. There 2 more disks but configured as RAID1. Is it possible to upgrade the hard disks without downtime or data loss?
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Linux raid controller (LVM/MDADM)

Today I'm in a very bad place. A production raid array went down. The controller failed. After unmounting the file systems and killing all processes, I changed the hardware controller. On restarting ...
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How to rebuild my NAS

Today I have a QNAP TS-859U+ with 8 X 2TB disks in it. As it's was setup on day-1 it uses a single volume on a raid 5. The volume has currently a mixture of: 2 shared folders 5 iScsi Targets - ...
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Extend RAID 5 to use unused space and add additional disks?

I am new to RAID. I want to extend an existing RAID 5. The current setup is as follows: Array A unused space : 349956 MB logical drive :1 total size 273GB raid5 disk : /dev/cciss/c0d0 physical ...
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Data consistency with RAID 5 and BBWC

I have a few questions about RAID 5, BBWC (Battery Backed Write Cache), filesystem (ext3) and optionally mysql. I have a hypothesis and I ask Server Fault community to validate or not this one: -The ...
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RAID 5 has no READ speed advantage over single drive?

I have recently acquired an Intel SASMF8I raid card for my office. I have 5 x 1TB disks and have created two arrays, 3 x 1TB RAID-5 and 2 x 1TB RAID-1. The second drive is for sensitive/vital data and ...
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Partitioning and configuring a RAID array for a dedicated MySQL server

I'll be running ubuntu server on a 3 disks server (450 GB each) and 16 GBs of RAM. My target at the moment isn't configuting MySQL itself, but what could be the best RAID configuration for my case ...
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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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/boot on separate disk or on the raid array

I have 3 ssd disks (59 GB) each. I want to use them as sofware raid5 with fedora 15. I read that it is recommended to have /boot on a separate disk. 2 questions: 1) is it possible and advisable to ...
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“Parity Initialization Status: In Progress” for long time

Two weeks ago I installed 6 new hard disks (HP 500GB 6G 7.2K SFF 2.5-inch 2-ports SAS DualPort Midline, 507610-B21) in a "HP DL 380 G5" with a "Smart Array P400" (RAM Firmware Revision 2.08, ROM ...
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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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Restoring raid 5 array after bios flash

I have just flashed my BIOS and now my machine does not detect my raid5 array! It has three 2TB drives in it so that is a LOT of data that will be lost! I have NOT deleted the array and it does not ...
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Adaptec 2020SA RAID controller Set up in RAID5, one drive went down, can I still get data?

I have 6 1tb drives in a RAID5. 1 drive went down. On the RAID was 2 virtual machines that I really need back up and running. The spare drive I have to put in the server is a 1.5tb drive, which ...
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How does RHEL alert a user about the failure of a hard drive in a RAID configuration?

I have, for better or worse, been put in charge of a big-ass server running RHEL6. It has six 1.5 TB drives in a RAID5 configuration. I understand the theoretical concepts behind RAID, and I access ...
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Removing or Adding a disk to a HP MSA60 array crashes everything

I am really new to RAIDs and all that goes along with them. I simply added a disk (same 500mb size and part number) into the MSA60 raid enclosure and basically everything started going wrong. The ...
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Raid 5 with 4 disks on Debian automatically creates a spare drive

I'm trying to to create a RAID 5 with 4x 2TB disks on Debian 6. I followed the instructions from: http://zackreed.me/articles/38-software-raid-5-in-debian-with-mdadm I created the raid with following ...
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MSA20 RAID5 recovery failure due to URE on another disk

I have MSA20 with one disk array on 12 disks and 3 LUNs on it (each raid 5). A few days ago one disk in one of the LUNs was failed and I replaced it. But raid5 recovering failed at 13% and I see in ...
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Merging unallocated space to existing partition in Raid5

I have Dell PowerEdge Server T310 built with a Raid5 (3 x 300gb) Windows Server 2008 R2 SAS controller PERC H700. I have recently added a 4th drive 300gb thru Dell’s application “Openmanage”. The ...
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Convert a Smart Array RAID5 array to a RAID6 (ADG) variant

I have an HP MicroServer (N36L) with a SmartArray P410 controller, a 512MB BBWC unit and four (4) 2TB disks connected. Three of those disks are configured as a single RAID5 array and one is left ...
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Ubuntu Server: Partitioning large hardware raids

I am trying to set up a storage server which has a hardware raid controller and 15x3 TB harddrives. This server is a dedicated server from hetzner.de and I am using the default setup routine ...
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mdadm raid5 too slow when writing

I have set up a RAID5 array using 4 disk partition. All disks are 2TB. When the RAID5 array was initially syncing it was too slow. So I did a echo 32768 > /sys/block/md2/md/stripe_cache_size and ...
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Not seeing the expected volume in a RAID 5

I have expanded a RAID 5 to include 12 - 3 TB drives. I was expecting seeing a total of 33 TB in the RAID but only see 30 TB. I do not have a hot spare. Could 2 drives be reserved for parity? This ...
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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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Optimizing RAID 5 for BackupPC use (small random reads)

I am running a BackupPC server with a hardware RAID 5 for the main storage of the backups. Since the machine was created on a tiny budget, the controller is a 3Ware 9500S-4LP for the PCI port and the ...
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Raid-5 Performance per spindle scaling

So I am stuck in a corner, I have a storage project that is limited to 24 spindles, and requires heavy random Write (the corresponding read side is purely sequential). Needs every bit of space on my ...
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proliant 380gl g5 raid drive rebuilt but leds are both lit bright green

After replacing a failed Raid 5 146gig SAS drive in logical drive 2 yesterday the system reports all is good but the LEDs on the front of the drive are both on and the one on the left is bright green. ...
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RAID5 on SmartArray P410i online resize

I have P410i+256M Cache without battery backup. My RAID5 was build over 3*136GB disks, now all disks were replaced to a 3*300GB array. How can I extend it to use the whole space? HPacucli doesn't ...
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Proliant DL360 Raid5 Hot Swap Drive

I have a DL360 G5 running WinSrvr2003 with a 3 drive (72GB) SAS Raid 5 array on P400i controller. The single array has two partitions. (OS and a data store) Drive 2 has failed and is off line (Amber ...
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Raid 5 recovery

Attempting to recover a 5 Disk Raid wherein 2 of the 5 disks are out of sync. Is it safe to create the raid from 4 of the disks? mdadm --examine /dev/sd*1 > /raid.status grep Role raid.status ...