RAID stands for redundant array of independent disks, and allows for disks to be linked in various ways. Common RAID setups in Ubuntu are a hardware RAID, FakeRAID and software RAID.

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How can I quickly copy a GPT partition scheme from one hard drive to another?

On a non GPT partition table I can do sfdisk -d /dev/sda | sfdisk /dev/sdb. But sfdisk doesn't support GPT partition tables. What can I use instead? I'm looking for a one or two command solution, ...
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How do I install GRUB on a RAID system installation?

I'm trying to setup and install Ubuntu on a RAID 1 setup. I have two disks, sdb and sdc. I've been following this guide https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/SoftwareRAID which more or less ...
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How can I use Kernel 3.19 in 14.04 now?

So I'm rebuilding my storage server. For stability, I want to use Ubuntu server 14.04 LTS as the OS. However, I'm planning to use Btrfs with RAID 5, and this has been greatly improved in kernel 3.19. ...
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How do I align my partition table properly?

I am in the process of building my first RAID5 array. I've used mdadm to create the following set up: root@bondigas:~# mdadm --detail /dev/md1 /dev/md1: Version : 00.90 Creation Time : Wed ...
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How can I physically identify a single drive in a RAID array?

I have an external drive bay with 4 eSATA disks in it. My system has a 4-port eSATA card, as well as a pair of internal hardware RAID1 drives. The external drives are in software RAID1 pairs as ...
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How to Install Ubuntu 14.04 with RAID 1 using desktop installer?

Many people claim that it is impossible to install Ubuntu onto RAID 1 with the Desktop CD. Is this really true? If not, how can it be done?
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Installing 12.04 server as a software RAID 1 mirror fails to boot

I'm installing a few new Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS servers, and they have two 512 GB SSDs. I want them to use software RAID 1 mirroring, so I was following this document religiously step by step: ...
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How do I rename an mdadm raid array?

For some reason, when I try to rename an mdadm raid array to a textual name, the change doesn't take. I tried the advice from this serverfault question, but to no avail. ~$ mdadm --version mdadm - ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 installer does not see Windows already installed on my computer [closed]

When I just tried to install Ubuntu 12.4 alongside Windows 7 on my new "HP Pavilion 64k desktop with Windows 7" computer, Ubuntu said this computer has no detected operating system and someone ...
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How do I improve my server disk performance

I have an HP Microserver running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. It's a low power server with 5 internal drive bays. I use it to backup my remote servers, VPSs and local laptops over the network. I want to get the ...
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Do I have to worry about “error: superfluous RAID member”?

When running update-grub on the newly installed Ubuntu 12.04 with an older software RAID (md), I get: error: superfluous RAID member (5 found). error: superfluous RAID member (5 found). Generating ...
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Is having the 'swap' partition at the 'beginning' better than at the 'end'?

I recently installed Ubuntu 11.04 onto a RAID0(stripe) device using the alternate installation disc and manually partitioned the HDs ext4 and swap partitions; during this process, I was reading in a ...
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How to access MD RAID via Live CD?

We are currently trying to run access the data on a server running a HP Ml110 G5 SATA raid controller, using the latest Ubuntu Live CD. We need to delete a few files to let the server boot into ...
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Not enough components to start the RAID array?

I'm trying to retrieve data from a "Western Digital MyBook World Edition (white light)" NAS device. This is basically an embedded Linux box with a 1TB HDD in it formatted in ext3. It stopped booting ...
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Can I manage ZFS with Landscape and MAAS?

I have 5 different servers. I am very interested in installing ZFS across all of them. I also am interested in using JuJu, MAAS, and Landscape to automate the installation of ZFS, and the management ...
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Software raid - mdadm - re-find my array

Description Today I plugged in another hard drive and unplugged my raid drives to ensure when I wiped the drive, I would not accidentally pick the wrong drives. Now that I have re-plugged in my ...
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Which is better for a home media server: zfs or btrfs or LVM/md? [closed]

I'm looking at building a new home server and would like a flexible filesystem. Both btrfs and zfs are interesting. I want to be able to do soft raid and have flexible solution allowing me to expand ...
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How to install Ubuntu server with UEFI and RAID1 + LVM

I used to install my servers with LVM over software RAID1, and grub install on the MBR of both drives. Now I have an UEFI server, and the compatibility (BIOS) mode does not seem to work. So I went ...
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RAID (mdadm) - What happens if drives are mismatched in size?

Question 1 - Before you answer with "it just takes the smaller disk", hear me out quick. My 3TB WD Reds come out to be 3001 GB in size. Let's say I set up a mirror via mdadm for sdb1 and sdc1 which ...
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How to install Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit with a dual-boot RAID 1 partition on an UEFI/GPT system?

I have a computer with dual SSDs and Win (7) pre-installed on another disk. The pre-installation uses (U)EFI/GPT boot. I want to install Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit desktop on a RAID1 root partition on my ...
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Well supported Hardware Raid Controller

I am currently planning to buy a hardware-raid controller. This became necessary since I am running Linux and Windows in parallel and now need the redundancy for both OS (Im am going to use RAID1 / ...
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How to implement RAID 1?

How to set up RAID 1 [software, hardware or fake] on Ubuntu 12.04 desktop?
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Is there a Linux software RAID that can be shared with a windows installation?

What are the options I've got when it comes to RAID and Windows?
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How to set up SSD raid and TRIM support?

I am looking to set up a new server. I can only use Intel 520 Series 240gb MLC ssds or standard Seagate 7200rpm disks. These are the non negotiable options. Naturally, as this is going to be running ...
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How to re-add accidentally removed hard drive in RAID5

I have a NAS on Ubuntu Server with 4 2TB hard drives in RAID 5. A couple of weeks ago, one of the hard drives died, but my RAID was working, although degraded. Luckily it was still under warranty and ...
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Rebuild mdadm Raid5 after OS hard drive died

I have an ubuntu desktop 10.4 "server" with 5 hardrives. 1 of the hardrives had 3 OS's on it (Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Ubuntu 10.4). I primarily used the ubuntu OS so that I could use mdadm and ...
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Switching mdadm to an external bitmap

I've just read this in another post about improving RAID5/6 write speeds: After increasing stripe cache & switching to external bitmap, my speeds are 160 Mb/s writes, 260 Mb/s reads. :-D ...
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How can I create a RAID array with >2TB disks?

I would like to know the correct way to set up a software RAID array on an existing server. I have two brand new 3TB disks to use for the array. Specifically, I want to set up a 3TB RAID 1 array, ...
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Put HDDs in standby after X minutes using hdparm doesn't work

I use Ubuntu 12.04 on a home server. There are 5 hard drives: one SSD with the OS and 4 HDDs (Samsung HD204UI) configured as a RAID5 using mdadm. I don't need the RAID very often (say, about once per ...
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How do I automount a fake raid?

Hardware Asus K8N4-E Deluxe Mobo Sil 3114 fake raid, onboard 2 Seagate 250 gb hd, hosting my /home A backup on a separate hard disk of /home What I have so far I've made the raid using the Sil ...
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Wubi doesn't start, with a “cannot mount /dev/dm-3” error

I installed Wubi here, but when restart the pc I got the following screen: And this "command line" "initramfs". How do I preceed from here? --update By the way, looks like my HD is raid. Not ...
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Installing issues | unable to open /dev/sda and /dev/sdb

I am installing Ubuntu 14.04 from a USB drive. It boots into the installation and after selecting Install Ubuntu the loading screen appears and stops there. Pressing the left arrow key brings me to a ...
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OS - Does not Show 100% HDD Capacity

I am from Dell Technical Support -- One of our customers has a Dell System Model T5610 and has installed 2-256GB SSD HDD and 2- 4TB HDD and Configured RAID-0 of 2 Arrays on Intel Based Chipset ...
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Should swap and RAID-1 mix?

I have a box with a small RAID-1 array being used for swap space. I only did this since I was setting up mirrors for every other partition in the system. Today I read this question and it prompted ...
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Dual-Boot Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 7 on FakeRAID Installation error - question marks “????…”

I am trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 on FakeRAID along Win7. Win 7 has been already installed, and dmraid is running. During the installation I choose to manually partition, this is the structure: ...
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Megaraid SAS Raid Controller

I have about half a dozen servers all running the Intel RS2BL080 raid controller on Oneiric server AMD64. It works fine using the megaraid_sas kernel module but when I try to use megacli to probe the ...
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Setting up RAID 1 on 14.04 with an existing drive

I have a currently installed Seagate ST3000DM001 (about 90% full) and a new Seagate ST3000DM001 (blank). I would like to setup RAID 1 without losing the data on my currently installed drive. If I ...
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Setting Up RAID During 13.04 Install

I am attempting to install Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop on RAID 5, but I can't figure out how to do it. I have read that it can be done during the install, though I haven't found a good explanation of how ...
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What to do about a corrupted ZFS Pool

Have been running a test instance of a NAS using a ZFS as mentioned in Restoring an Ubuntu Server using ZFS RAIDZ for data. This week one of my disks died. Shouldn't be a problem, should it (the ...
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Can I create a 4TB Raid 1+0 volume?

I'm thinking about setting up a NAS based on Ubuntu server, but before I invest the money, I want to make sure what I want to do is possible. What I'm thinking is a 4x2TB Raid 10, so my usable ...
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How To Install Ubuntu 14.04 on HP Dynamic Smart Array b120i logical drive

I've got some problems when trying to install ubuntu on hp proliant dl 160 gen8. I've got 3 logical drives in dynamic smart array controller, and on installation screen I see only physical drives. How ...
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Does 12.04 support the Dell Perc 6i RAID card?

I have a Dell Perc 6i RAID card currently used under Win 2K3 and I am going to transit to Ubuntu Server 12. Since Dell only provides driver for Ubuntu 10 Server yet Dell servers with this RAID card ...
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Why do my WDC WD20EARX-00PASB0 in a RAID don't stop spinning?

My disks have been spinning for months. It started with Ubuntu 11.10, and continues with 12.04. I can't figure out how to stop it. I've looked at various folks suggestions online about ext4 commit ...
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How do I convert from RAID1 to JBOD with btrfs?

I have the following RAID1 btrfs set: Label: none uuid: 87595481-7b5c-464e-b10d-d9b2b0852e11 Total devices 4 FS bytes used 4.77TiB devid 1 size 2.73TiB used 2.63TiB path /dev/sdb ...
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RAID1 “conflicting device node” message on startup

I'm dual booting Win8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04 (Gnome Classic). I have RAID1 set up (on Asus Z87-A motherboard) with Win partition, Ubuntu partition, and NTFS partition for data. On Ubuntu startup, I see ...
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Improving mdadm RAID-6 write speed

I have a mdadm RAID-6 in my home server of 5x1Tb WD Green HDDs. Read speed is more than enough - 268 Mb/s in dd. But write speed is just 37.1 Mb/s. (Both tested via dd on 48Gb file, RAM size is 1Gb, ...
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Can't boot after converting lvm2 root to lvm2 raid1

I have Ubuntu 12.10 (no updates, kernel 3.5.0-17-generic) on first HDD (sda), which uses MBR and was partitioned as "Use whole disk for ubuntu" with LVM2 enabled. Root filesystem is on LVM2 ...
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Can I cache an mdadm raid with an ssd?

I have a 1TB array set up in raid 1 using mdadm on Ubuntu 8, to store mission-critical files. I'd like to speed up read/write, especially for large files by caching to an SSD. Is this possible? Does ...
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MDADM Superblock Recovery

After a power cycle I found my RAID 5 Array no longer working. I tried various methods to reassemble the array but nothing has worked so far. I believe I need to recreate the superblocks and UUIDs ...
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Installing Ubuntu with Fake RAID 1

I had: Software: Dual boot with Windows XP Ubuntu 10.04 LTS x32 Hardware Fake RAID 1 (mirroring) with 2x1 TB: Partition 1 - Windows Partition 2 - SWAP Partition 3 - / (root) Partition 4 - ...