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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Is it possible to use Dell PERC H710 on a Dell R710/R610 server?

Dell ships R710 with older RAID card H700 which has LSI 2108 chip and ships R720 with H710 card which has LSI 2208 chip. LSI 2208 is much better with SSDs in terms of performance. I was wondering if ...
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Issue accessing drive from RAID array via USB caddy

I'm having a problem accessing the data from a drive that was in my NAS but is now plugged in via a USB caddy. This drive was not in a RAID array as it was a volume with a single disk. Although it ...
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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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RAID 10 Stripe Size for XenServer

Below is our current server configuration. In a few weeks I will be simulating a disaster recovery by installing 5 new disks (1 hot spare) and restoring all VMs from the backups. Will I gain anything ...
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Should I be concerned by frequent RAID warning message (unexpected sense - command aborted)?

I have a Fujitsu host (PRIMERGY RX300 S6) running Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V (Version 6.1) with two virtual servers (one Windows Server 2008 R2 and one Windows Server 2012). Our 25 employees ...
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Should I 'run in' one disk of a new RAID 1 pair to decrease the chance of a similar failure time?

I'm setting up a RAID1 array of two new 4TB hard drives. I heard somewhere previously, that making a RAID1 array of new identical hard drives bought at the same time, increased the chance that they ...
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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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Expand RAID array on HP Dynamic Smart Array B320i controller

I have a few HP ProLiant DL360e Gen8 servers that are equipped with the Dynamic Smart Array B320i RAID controller. One particular system was shipped with a single disk installed instead of a pair of ...
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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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Does ZFS in mirror mode double vdev read performance?

I'm not able to find a clear yes/no answer to this simple question: does using ZFS in mirror mode double the read performance of the underlying vdevs? This applies to either individual requests or ...
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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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Partitions not recognized when installing Kubuntu 14.04 over complex RAID setup

I have three identical HDDs. Using a ROM utility, I configured the use of 90% of each of them as a RAID 5 array, and the other 10% as a RAID 0 array. That is, each array uses some area on all three ...
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Raid 1 Hard disk failure - Windows 2012 on HP proliant N54L

We have a domain controller setup on Windows 2012 Standard (not R2). We had two raided hard disks. One has failed. This is on a proliant N54L server. Windows 2012 refuses to boot on Raid 1, ...
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Can RAID 6 support 3 or more parities? [closed]

It doesn't seem right to me that people are using RAID 1+0, RAID 5+0, or RAID 6+0 instead of using a RAID with 3 or more parities (akin to RAID 6) because the latter has a better reliability given the ...
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Why is RAID 1+6 not a more common layout?

Why are the nested RAID levels 1+5 or 1+6 almost unheard of? The nested RAID levels Wikipedia article is currently missing their sections. I don't understand why they are not more common than RAID ...
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megacli: Failed to alloc kernel SGL buffer for IOCTL

Today one of my servers started sending me alerts about non-optimal RAID state. These were triggered by a very simple script run by cron -- if it detects that not all of the disks report 'Optimal' ...
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Monitoring PERC 6/i in vMware ESXi 5.5

I currently have a Dell Poweredge 2950 running ESXi 5.5. My datastore is four drives in RAID 5 configured in the PERC 6/i config utility on bootup. My question is, what do I do if/when one of these ...
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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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raid 1 & ml350 gen8 server with centos 6.2

I have a proliant ml350p gen8 HP SERVER with centos 6.2 and two hard disk with 1 TB for both. I have several GB of files and software about 100) with their configurations but I want to install RAID 1 ...
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Unable to get SMART metrics from Seagate Disks on Debian OS

Referring to the question here, I too am trying to get all attributes out, as explained in this blog here. I am using Debian 6 as OS, and installed smartmontools version 6.3 using apt-get. My 6 disks ...
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Fixing RAID on PERC S100

I had 3 hard drives in this server. The controller read that disk 0:0 was READY (not online) and there were 2 Virtual Disks. (One was my VD and the other was a mysterious non-RAID VD that I assume ...
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Hetzner script, configuring SSD + RAID1 image installation

I am trying to figure out how to set this configuration on my Hetzner server. The hetzner installimage script provides a default configuration (with comments: http://pastebin.com/tBqezpFn): # ...
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Convert RAID from Mechanical Disks to SSD?

Any issues with converting a Mechanical Disk RAID to SSD by replacing the drives one-by-one? I couldn't find anyone online who has done this, so let's make this the place to post about it. If you ...
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Can HP Proliant server be set to use no RAID?

I recently purchased 2 HP Proliant DL380 G6 servers for the purpose of virtulization; each will be a new host in our VMware environment. I know that I will get heat for this, but I do not want to use ...
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SAS drive replacement in Proliant server and compatible drives

I am use an Prolian Server ML350-G5. The server has got two disk in RAID 1+0. The model of the disk is 432320-001 (146GB). One disk has shown an ambar light that means the disk needs to be replaced ...
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IBM BladeCenter S: How to configure new SAS disks

I have an IBM BladeCenter S, and I have added two new 450GB SAS disks. I want to configure the disks as a RAID 0, and assign the new disks to one of the servers in the Bladecenter. When I connect to ...
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LSI megaraid - config raid and non-raid

I have this configuration of server IBM X3650 M4 IBM ServeRAID M5110e 300GB x3 SAS (config as RAID 5) 1TB x1 SAS (config as normal disk, non-raid) Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard I would like the ...
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What types of workloads require SAS disks compared to SATA?

I am looking to outfit my new server (new to me) with larger capacity disks. The server right now has 4 SAS 146GB disks in it. My original thought was to just buy larger SAS disks and replace or add ...
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Dell RAID controller and 36TB storage [closed]

I've been back and forth with Dell about their RAID cards for a PowerEdge R710 server. So far half the customer service people who I spoke too said it would work, the other half said no. My question ...
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VDI LUN and RAID Group design optimization

I have a shared storage SAN for our VDI environment that was configured in a specific way by a third party and I was wondering what (if any) was the benefit of the design. The SAN is divided into ...
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PERC S100 status incorrect

PE T310 with a PERC S100, one RAID 5 array with three drives, status of the virtual disk is failed, but it boots and everything appears to work. All drives in Server Administrator are Online with a ...
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Configure RAID with 6 drives on Dell PowerEdge 2850

I'm trying to configure 6 146MB discs in 3 pairs of 2 as RAID 1 on my PowerEdge 2850 Server. This is how far I get: ONLIN A00-00 ONLIN A00-01 ONLIN A01-00 ONLIN A01-01 ONLIN A02-00 ONLIN A02-01 ...
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Dell R220 and OpenBSD/pfsense

Just wondering if anyone has any experience running OpenBSD or pfsense on a Dell R220 (with either a PERC S110 or H310? I know I can do software based RAID in pfsense, however I've seen a few posts ...
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Rebuilding FakeRAID RAID 5 with new disk, no partitions show up, invalid PMBR

I have a RAID 5 array with 4 2TB disks on a HP Z800. One disk failed and was swapped out for a new one. I went into BIOS Intel Storage Matrix Utility and set the Array to rebuild with the new disk. ...
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Best span size for 12 x 2TB drives in RAID10

We have just taken delivery of a new JBOD chassis, with 14 x 2TB NL-SAS drives - 2 have already been earmarked for enclosure spares, so we have 12 drives available. I have several options for setting ...
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Windows Server Backup Error - Volumes Larger than 16.7TB cannot be protected?

I'm trying to use Windows Server Backup to backup a RAID array on my new server. But, when I do, I run into this error: The server is running Windows Server 2012 R2 and the array in question is ...
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RAID-5 how can I guess how many disks was member?

We have a server which we inherited from previous sysadmin. Now the RAID-5 (H/W based on IBM ServeRAID) now unusable, saying not enough disks to operate. On ServeRAID Manager I can see three physical ...
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LSI SAS BIOS Pred Fail

So, Today I installed 2 new drives in my server, and the LSI SAS BIOS is stating Pred Fail Yes. What could I do about this, and what does Pred Fail Yes Mean? We need the server for backups, and we ...
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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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Disk I/O at limit with software raid

whenever I use rm or cp on a bigger file structure the disk i/o is going up to the top, but not with the focus on cp or rm, it is the software raid sync. My knowledge in this area is limited. 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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Windows Server 2012 doesn't find RAID array during setup

I'm trying to install Windows Server 2012 to a HP ProLiant 140 DL G3. I've attached two Toshiba SSD drives with 256GB capacity each. I've enabled RAID in the BIOS and, using the built-in Disk Manager ...
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Slow writes Dell Server R720

I have a Dell R720 Server with PERC H310 hardware raid 5 and 4 x Seagate Cheetah 15K.7 ST3300657SS 300GB hard drives. Windows Server 2008 R2. The reads look good, but the writes are painfully slow. ...
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Extendable RAID storage system

I am currently building a storage unit for our office. It is rather low budget at the moment, but it needs to be extendable. basically we have a huge database that will grow over the next few months ...
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Replace predictive failure in RAID 10 array

We have 7 physical drives (6 RAID 10, 1 hot spare) attached to an LSI SAS2008 controller. Recently a drive failed and the hot spare took over. When the new drive landed I just replaced the failed ...
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megacli lost virtual disk raid configuration

I've been running centos on x64 with an LSI raid controller description: RAID bus controller product: MegaRAID SAS 1078 vendor: LSI Logic / Symbios Logic i was ...
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How to migrate RAID-6 from 5 disks to 4 disks while increasing disk sizes

I am having a quite complex problem and while I found solutions to individual steps (and already applied some of them in different contexts), I am not quite sure on how to do the whole procedure ...
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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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Replacing HP P410 with P420 and keeping the data

Would it be possible to replace HP P410 raid card with a HP P420 raid card while keeping the data? I've replaced P410 with P410 without any issues obviously. I believe they use the same software, so ...
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Preseeding with RAID1 Encrypted LVM

I would like to preseed a debian wheezy system with Encrypted RAID1 LVM. I've done some google searching, seen others asking the same question, but have not found any answers. I have successful ...