The server crashed while raid-1 /dev/md2 with /dev/sda3 + /dev/sdb3 was resyncing from /dev/sdb3 to /dev/sda3. sadly, /dev/sdb was lost completely due to a hardware fault.

I'm now left with only /dev/sda3 which is part of /dev/md2 but not suitable.

mdadm --assemble --scan --verbose
mdadm: /dev/sda3 is identified as a member of /dev/md2, slot 2.
mdadm: No suitable drives found for /dev/md2

Output of examine:

mdadm -E /dev/sda3
          Magic : a92b4efc
        Version : 0.90.00
           UUID : e5249c1c:02d996e3:776c2c25:004bd7b2 (local to host rescue)
  Creation Time : Wed May  4 13:48:24 2011
     Raid Level : raid1
  Used Dev Size : 730202368 (696.38 GiB 747.73 GB)
     Array Size : 730202368 (696.38 GiB 747.73 GB)
   Raid Devices : 2
  Total Devices : 2
Preferred Minor : 2

    Update Time : Fri Jun  7 22:06:35 2013
          State : clean
 Active Devices : 1
Working Devices : 2
 Failed Devices : 0
  Spare Devices : 1
       Checksum : d56f21ea - correct
         Events : 13242378

      Number   Major   Minor   RaidDevice State
this     2       8        3        2      spare   /dev/sda3

   0     0       0        0        0      removed
   1     1       8       19        1      active sync   /dev/sdb3
   2     2       8        3        2      spare   /dev/sda3

Is there any option to reassemble md2 from sda3 alone, making it somehow suitable again?

(Of course, there's the alternative to mount it as ext3, copy files to spare disk and recreate the raid, but I'd like to reuse the already existing disk if possible.)

  • If I'm reading your question correctly, then neither disk will have a consistent view of your data, and your best course of action will be to restore from backup. Commented Jun 8, 2013 at 23:32

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Probably the metadata knows several steps of "Does this disk belong to an array?". I am not familiar with those details; I just assume that it is similar to the dirty flag of a file system. When you take a new disk into an array then it is probably marked as spare until it is completely in sync. After that the metadata is probably changed to "is a full member of the array".

The best solution would indeed be to create a new array and restore from backup.

If you do want to give the disk a chance (knowing that the "truncation" will get the file system into really bad mood) then you should create a new array from this disk:

mdadm --create /dev/md2 --metadata=0.90 --raid-devices=2 --level=raid1 /dev/sda3 missing
  • thanks a lot, works like a charme! that was exactly what I was looking for!
    – mdbrk
    Commented Jun 9, 2013 at 14:15

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