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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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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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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mdadm: Swapping out small hard drives for bigger ones in a RAID5, How to partition?

So I got the gist of swapping out smaller hard drivers for bigger ones in an MDADM RAID5: Fail and remove one drive. mdadm -f /dev/md0 /dev/sdd1 mdadm -r /dev/md0 /dev/sdd1 Shutdown, swap the ...
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How long should the initial creation of my RAID 5 Array take? This seems ridiculous

I'm building a raid 5 array with 3 1.5TB drives on CentOS 5.5 using mdadm. Everything seems to be working fine, except it's taking forever and I'm not sure if that's normal. It's going on 6 hours ...
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Replacing a Self encrypting Hard Drive in an IBM xseries server raid

I have a failed drive in a RAID 5 array in an IBM x3650, Machine Type 7945. The RAID is composed entirely of original IBM SED SAS drives, 300GB ea. Unfortunately I am the purchasing Tech, not the ...
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Are RAID 5 systems suitable for larger disk sizes?

Why is it generally considered that RAID 5 systems are not suitable for larger disk sizes? Is the same true for RAID 6?
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Missing VirtualDisk on bootup (RAID)

I have a Dell PowerEdge 2950 with DAS storage attached (MD1000) I rebooted the server to apply window updates (win2008), on restart BIOS detected a VirtualDisk was missing and wanted me to continue or ...
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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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Building a Server to host Virtual Machines

I'm looking to put together a server with the base OS as Windows Server 2008 with Hyper V. This machine is a development box that will be hosting multiple VMs for development - test instances of ...
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mdadm raid5 failure. set wrong drive to faulty by accident

noticed a degraded raid where /proc/mdstats marked one device as down. so i wanted to set the missing drive to faulty and reattach it. somehow i got the wrong drive, leaving me with an unworking ...
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Moving a RAID-5 array from a dead HP ML350 G5 to an HP DL380

We have an HP ML350 G5 with a 3x72GB RAID5 array that we were in the process of decommissioning. After shutting down the server and moving it, but prior to moving the data elsewhere, the server ...
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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 ...
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mdadm raid5 superblock is missing

I had a 3 disk mdadm raid5 volume (made of /dev/sd[abc]) that was in the middle of a reshape, going to 5 disks (adding /dev/sd[df]), when the power to the server failed. this is on ubuntu 8.10 ...
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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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missing files after reassemble of RAID-5

I had to open my file-server's housing on Sunday to replace a faulty fan. What I didn't see was that one of the sata-cables was not properly connected. The 1st thing I did after a reboot was a check ...
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Is my server toast?

Last night I received an e-mail from mdadm about the possible failure of two drives on my array. The raid array was set up as a 4 2TB drive raid5 with one hot spare. Is this system truly fried? Did ...
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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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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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how do i fix progressively slower write speed in a raid 5?

We have a RHEL5 install on a machine with 5 Seagate 1 TB SAS disks. One has the OS and swap on it. The other four are in a hardware Raid 5 (mounted as /home) managed by a DELL Perc 6/i controller. ...
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Why don't enterprise RAID controllers support migration from RAID 5 to RAID 10?

I've been doing some research on the possibility of live migration from RAID 5 to RAID 10 and I'm curious as to why it seems that most RAID controllers (particularly Dell's PERC controllers) don't ...
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Safer RAID5 rebuilds using partially failed disks? [closed]

There have been lots of articles posted recently about how RAID5 is dangerous because of long resilver times, and in particular because of increasing chances of encountering a URE during the resilver. ...
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Must a disk be formatted everytime it is removed and reinserted into a raid5 server?

I'm very new to RAID servers, in fact I'm new to any kind of server management, so please forgive me if this question is badly phrased. I'm considering buying a RAID5 server with four 4TB drives. I ...
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raid 5 mdadm drive dropped whilst growing

I have a 4x 2tb raid 5 mdadm array which I had begun to grow onto a 5th disk. ~# mdadm --add /dev/md1 /dev/sdb ~# mdadm --grow /dev/md1 --raid-devices=5 midway through the grow I recieved this in ...
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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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understanding RAID Level 5

Just wanted to clear my understanding on RAID 5, suppose we have 100 GB of data to be stored in SAN in RAID level 5, does the actual storage means 100 *5= 500 GB ?, or it is the 100 GB only which is ...
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Windows 2003 Server R2 system partition full - move and/or expand

PROBLEM: My System (C:) and Data (D:) partitions are full and I need to expand them or move them to larger drives. SPECS: Dell PowerEdge 2900 server Adaptec 39320A SCSI adapters Dell Perc 5/i RAID ...
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Linux Software RAID 5 Random Small Write Performance Abysmal - Reconfiguration Advice

I have 3 1 TB HDDs and 3 500 GB HDDs. Right now each size grouping is in a RAID 5, both of which are in an LVM volume group (with striped LVs). I'm finding this to be too slow for my usage on small ...
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RAID5 Array issues - copy data or replace drive first

I have inherited a critical situation as follows. 2 x 16-Disk RAID5 Storage systems (one holding master data, one holding backups) Backup system had no monitoring and two disks failed so all data ...
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Raid 5 fail safe

In a 4 300 GB disk raid 5 setup, the usable space is 900GB. So in the event that one of the hard disk fail, is it that the space available for write will drop to 500GB? It is right to said that in ...
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How do I Change a damaged Disk in a Raid 5 array

I have a server with a 4-drives Raid 5 array; one of the disks is damaged. All the disks are hot pluggable. My Question is, I want to replace the damaged disk with a new one, do I have to shutdown the ...
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Raid 5 and Power Supply damage?

Because I build a RAID 5 atm, I wanted to ask, what would happen if the server with a raid 5 in it (like 4-5 hdds) would have a power supply damage? Can I just switch the power supply and my data is ...
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DELL PowerEdge 2950 stuck on BIOS

My DELL PowerEdge 2950 is Stuck on BIOS 2.7 screen and does not advance at all, keyboard is not responding either. How should I troubleshoot this issue? Here is the screen
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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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Raid 5 rebuilding epic fail

Someone has asked me to rebuild a faulty raid 5 on a 3ware raid controller. I have 3 drives, all of them is 160 GB. I've gone through the steps, ie selected the degraded array unit, and then gone over ...
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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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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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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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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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NAS Hard drive configuration advice?

Just got a 4 bay NAS. I want to set it up as optimal as possible. I was thinking of getting 3 x 1TB hard drives and setting up as RAID 5. The disk usage will probably be around 1TB max but there is ...
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Smart Array E200 - merging logical drives

Server has Smart Array E200 RAID controller with 8x 146GB SAS 10k drives: I have two logical drives. First set is RAID5 with 3 drives and second set RAID5 with 5 drives. Is there a way to merge ...
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Upgrade no raid server to raid

I have just learned that our PDC has a single drive with 2 partitions. I also know that this drive has bad blocks as recorded in the event log. What I would like to do is to convert this to a RAID ...
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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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HP Proliant - RAID 5 array recovery

I searched but found no solution to this question. I have a HP ProLiant DL385-G5p server with RAID 5, having 4 hard drives: 3*75GB + 1*75GB spare. One of the 3 hard disks in RAID5 has failed (the ...
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What is RAID 5 write logic with 8 drives running SQL 2008?

We recently had a raid array fail on a SQL 2008 server with 8 x 73GB drives. (Dell 2950). There were two drives that went bad (one had been bad for a few months it seems and was not caught...). To ...
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3ware card in RAID-5 configuration slow and causes load when writing

I have a 1Gb/s bandwidth between my computers. The source can actually read and send data at 25MB/s via SSH. My test file is 4GB, I use scp without compression for the test transfer. The rate is ...
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Linux mdadm RAID5 data recovery with one drive failed, one drive failing

Improbably I had two drives fail in the same Raid5 array within 2 weeks of one another. Which means the array is dead. Yes yes hot spares not being lazy about replacing the failed drive I know. But ...
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Migrate Windows Dynamic disk RAID5 to Linux LVM

Is this even possible, do I have the right tool in mind? I have 3 disks that are running as a software RAID5 using windows. I would like to migrate box to Linux without experiencing data loss. Am I ...
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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 ...
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EDB repair in SBS exchange 2003

One week before in our HP PROLIANT ML370 G5 server with RAID5 one hard disk turned amber and we removed and it is working under degraded state until now. Yesterday morning our users in the domain ...
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How can I upgrade the disks in my RAID 5 array on our primary server?

Our domain server/file server has a RAID 5 setup with (3) 450 GB drives configured as 900 GB disk, which is broken into two logical partitions a 25 GB boot partition and an 875 GB storage partition. ...