RAID, an acronym for Redundant Array of Independent Disks (sometimes incorrectly referred to as Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks), is a technology that provides increased storage functions and reliability through redundancy. -Wikipedia

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Software vs hardware RAID performance and cache usage

I've been reading a lot on RAID controllers/setups and one thing that comes up a lot is how hardware controllers without cache offer the same performance as software RAID. Is this really the case? I ...
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Consumer (or prosumer) SSD's vs. fast HDD in a server environment

What are the pro's and con's of consumer SSDs vs. fast 10-15k spinning drives in a server environment? We cannot use enterprise SSDs in our case as they are prohibitively expensive. Here's some notes ...
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synology “disk groups” vs “volumes” clarification

Synology has introduced some interesting terminology with their products that is confusing (to someone used to traditional storage terminology). It appears that "volumes" on Synology is equivalent ...
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LSI MegaRAID - Recreate missing RAID 1 array

I have an LSI MegaRAID SAS 9260-4i Controller with two drives attached to it with a simple RAID1 array (virtual drive). One of the disks failed (complete disappeared from the system) so I asked the ...
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HP Microserver AMD Raid controller

I have a HP N54L Microserver which i have been using successfully with Windows Server 2012. I only have the one hard drive in but want to add another in RAID 1 and then another two much larger drives ...
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What could be wrong with our HP Proliant Server

While observing our file server yesterday, I witnessed a BSOD, and after a restart, the Server OS (2003) cant boot. We have 6 raid drives. I noticed the disk lights and discovered the first four from ...
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Xenserver has no local storage in raid

I'm using and LSI megaraid 8708em2 controller and trying to install xenserver 6.5. Installing without the raid vdisks worked perfectly but as soon as I setup raid 60 there is no local storage. ...
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How/When to physically remove a failing harddrive after replacing it in a Linux RAID?

I have a Linux software RAID-1 with mdadm. Similar to this question ("How to safely replace a not-yet-failed disk in a Linux RAID5 array?"), I want to replace a disk in a the raid. My question might ...
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HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i ESXi performance issue

One of our small offices was in need of a small server to perform certain tasks. Because the noise and size an of a regular server I went with the HP ProLiant Microserver Gen8 G1610T. I expected it to ...
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3ware: Add a drive to a RAID unit

I have a 3ware RAID controller running a RAID-6. I manage the RAID via the tw_cli command line utility. So, one drive in the array failed, and I removed the faulty drive (p6) from the array, and ...
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QNAP NAS first-time synchronization + QPKG installation [on hold]

I was wondering if it is advisable to install QPKGs (nzbget, sickbeard, couchpotato, etc) while the Raid 5 is doing its first time synchronization. I am also uploading 2TB of data while it is ...
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Expanding Disk Space on PowerEdge R710

I want to expand the disk space on an R710 with a PERC H700 Integrated. It is currently configured with: 2 (3.5" SAS 6Gb/s 15000 RPM) drives in a RAID-1 For OS. 4 (3.5" SAS 6Gb/s 15000 RPM) drives ...
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Recover mdadm RAID 10 array: listing all as spares

I'm a bad person and haven't backed up my RAID elsewhere. I now have a RAID10 array that won't assemble, and I'm hopeful I can save it. Here's the details: I have five hard drives set up as RAID10 ...
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SBS 2003 boot stalls at acpitabl.dat

I have a SBS 2003 server running for 3 year without any problems, and few days ago it freezes during the boot. System is using two 500 Gb drives in RAID1 (Intel Matrix 7.5) After trying to load in ...
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Growing RAID0 to RAID5 sync delayed

I've recently switched my NAS with a single 4 TB disk to a RAID setup, with the goal of implementing a 3-disk RAID5. To do this without a 4th disk and without loosing my data, I first set up the 2 new ...
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flashcache with mdadm and LVM

I am having trouble setting up flashcache on a system with LVM and mdadm, I suspect I am either just missing an obvious step or getting some mapping wrong and hoped someone could point me in the right ...
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Reset Disk - Windows Storage Server 2012

I set up windows storage server 2012 and have 6 SATA drives in a raid configuration. Prior to production use I tested by removing drive and adding a spare and rebuilding. That went fine. Now I see ...
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Resize openSUSE 12.3 GPT ext4 partitions in a RAID1 disk array

I have a software raid configured (/dev/md2) which has assigned the partitions sda3 and sdb3 from two 3TB disks (sda and sdb). The partition types are GPT not LVM and file system is ext4. Now, the ...
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With Adaptec's arcconf utility, why can't I make the 'identify' command work (Adaptec 6805 controller)

I've got a pair of Linux servers with Adaptec 6805 RAID controllers in them. One is running CentOS, one is running Debian. I have the Adaptec command line utility 'arcconf' installed on both ...
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Ubuntu installation can't detect hard drives

I'm installing Ubuntu onto a HP Proliant DL360 G7 server, which has a hardware Smart Array RAID controller that is not compatible with Ubuntu. HP say the RAID controller needs to be disabled in the ...
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SSD + Hard Disk RAID-0 Efficiency?

Recently I bought a PC that came with a 64GB SSD along with a 300GB 7200 RPM hard disk drive. I thought that they would use the 64GB SSD to install the OS with the HDD acting as a data drive. I was ...
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Ubuntu EC2 Raid0 Ephemeral — SSH connection after reboot

First, I launch a fresh large instance using the Elestic AMI ami-c162a9a8. Initially, I run: df -h /dev/xvda1 9.9G 814M 8.6G 9% / udev 3.7G 4.0K 3.7G 1% /dev ...
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IBM ServerRaid lost Raid-5 configuration

I have an IBM server x3400 with 8 drives divided into two arrays. After reboot, ServerRaid lost the configuration of the Raid-5 array. The 6 drives that used to be part of this array are there, but it ...
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Raid 50 on Dell Perc H700 Integrated Resynching state

I have Raid 50 configured on a Xenserver host with a Perc H700 card and a few weeks ago, replaced a disk which had failed. The raid had rebuilt and I am now checking the status of the array via ...
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ZFS - zpool replace never finishes

I have a 5 x 3TB raidz1 array on a ubuntu 14.04.1 server. Last month, one of the drives died (audible clicking). I was able to replace the drive with zpool replace RAID <dead drive> <new ...
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RAID-6: Two drives failure with 3ware 9650SE

We have a 6-drive RAID-6 on one of our servers. Each drive is a 750GB Seagate, and they are connected with Hardware RAID card 3ware 9650SE. We do not have sparse drives. The system is old and probably ...
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Intel RAID Web Console 2 and ESXi 5

I have two ESXi servers with Intel SRCSASBB8I RAID controller. When those server have installed ESXi 4.1 I was able to manage RAID configuration of those server using Intel RAID Web Console 2 running ...
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Seagate's 30TB NAS with SimplyRAID configuration

I recently bought a Seagate NAS Pro 6-Bay 30TB Network Attached Storage Drive (STDF30000100) from Amazon ...
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Identify which drives belong to a specific HP RAID 5 Group

A total of 32 drives were removed from x4 decommissioned HP DL380 G6 servers (eight per server). The setup of the eight drives per host was into two RAID Groups: RAID 1 = SLOT 1, 2 = ESXi OS RAID 5 = ...
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Dell Open Manage physical disk failure predicted

I've installed the Open Manage Server Administrator on my Dell T100 to monitor RAID Controller and disks. From the Physical Controller report web page I see a table listing the two disks I have but ...
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RAID 6 - any write amplification in 4-drive RAID?

We're planning to move from a 4-drive RAID6 to a SSD RAID 1, and I was analyzing smartctl data to see how many GB we've writen to the drives over the past year so I can estimate the lifetime of the ...
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How to get email alert if one of raid 1 disks fails?

I need to know how can I get email alert if one of raid 1 disks fail to work/crashes. I have CentOS 6.4 64bits, software raid. I did some mistake folowing this tutorial, because it was a bottom note ...
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Server disk failure predicted in raid1 array

I have a IBM 3650X M3 with 2 disks in a raid1 array. One of them is in "failure predicted" state. I have two question about this case: Should I trust it and change a working disk? How the system ...
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Linux software RAID5 on SSD. One SSD 40% more worn out than the others

We have a 6 SSD, RAID5 volume. The SSD disks we are using are Crucial M4-CT512M4SSD2 firmware 000F. We write 100 ~ 200GB data through MySQL InnoDB to the volume daily. The RAID5 volume is only used ...
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Upgrading a PERC h310 to a PERC H710 mini RAID controller on a Dell R620

I have an ESXi 5.0 Free license host using an internal Datastore (RAID 5, 5 Disk) that was configured with a Dell PERC h310 RAID controller. The disk performance was very poor, so I upgraded to the ...
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LSI Mega RAID in IBM x3690 - Hardware Failure move to spare system?

I currently have a hardware failure with an IBM x3690 having 8 SAS disks connected to an LSI Mega RAID Controller. I have a similar system (another x3690) can I place the RAID Controller and the ...
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postfix SMTP outgoing gateway server, Software RAID1 vs RAID1 + RAID 0 on 2 disks

I have this old smtp server that is currently running Windows 2003 and with EOL I want to move it to something that will continue to get security upgrades but at same time I want to improve ...
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RAID1 drive not seen by CentOS 7 Installer on HP ProLiant DL360e Gen8

I need to install CentOS 7 on a HP ProLiant DL360e Gen8 server. The RAID1 has been configured in the bios: I have downloaded the driver from ...
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The RAID 1 Time machine

Last night my server crashed, after reboot I have found it has a disk failure The configuration is 2 x 500GB sata on Centos 6 sda3/sdb3 is software RAID1 sda1/sdb1 = ext3 for / sda2/sdb2 = swap ...
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Database server: E5-2620v2 MLC SSD Software RAID1 vs E5-2650 Hardware RAID 10 / 2X RAID 1 for read performance and reliability [duplicate]

I am looking for a new database server and I have 2 options at this point with multiple configurations, all assuming same price. This will be a PostgreSQL database server with lots of READ (we are ...
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Unexpected LSI SAS 9211-8i RAID x8 SSD Performance

After attaching 8 850 EVO SSD to my LSI 9211-8i and creating a Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Spaces 8 column virtual disk I copied a VHD from and to the virtual disk and observed ~300 MB/s transfer ...
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Trouble Installing Windows Server 2008 on Dell PowerEdge R720 w/ PERC H710 Mini

Just picked up a Dell PowerEdge R720. I created a virtual disk with the PERC H710 Mini BIOS Configuration Utility 4.03-0002 and configured it for RAID 1. When I then go to try to install Windows ...
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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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ext. 2-bay USB-Drive with RAID: btrfs RAID vs built-in RAID

For backups I want to use an external USB3 Drive: two HDD with RAID 1 (mirror) in one 2-bay enclosure. As filesystem I'll use btrfs because of subvolumes and checksums. Performance isn't important, ...
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Adaptec 5405 fails to rebuild array

Yesterday one of the disks in RAID 1 mirror attached to Adaptec 5405 died and was replaced by new one but after about 2 hours of rebuilding array went offline. Hoster staff updated firmware on ...
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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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How to install Windows 2012 on Dell server with S110 RAID?

I have a Dell server that has a S110 software RAID 1 mirror for the boot disks. When I run the Windows 2012 installer, no drives are found. I searched Dell for drivers but the only one I found for ...
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How can I find out my centos RAID setup, with a LSI MegaRAID SAS 2108 controller?

I've bought an auction box from Hetzner which allegedly has 4 3TB drives in it. As a relative newb to this sort of thing I just want to see some reassurances on the command line that this is all ...
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Setting up a bootable multi-device (RAID 1) using Linux Software RAID

I'm trying to setup a bootable software RAID that will contain the root filesystem and boot up Linux Mint Qiana. It will be used to run a few graphical monitoring applications in a small datacenter, ...
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Server reverted to may after reboot

I just had a problem on a client's server, it wasn't responding to anything so I forced a reboot. The client called shortly after to say the website reverted to a version from May. Checked the backups ...