Monday, December 16, 2013

setup an external drives as raid1

I purchased a cheap two drive USB enclosure in order to setup an external drive that had RAID-1 so I could backup photos and recordings.

First, I formatted both drives. Then I ran extended smart self-tests to ensure I had decent drives. With RAID-1 and two drives I can only tolerate 1 drive failure.

Next ensure mdadm is installed.
sudo apt-get install mdadm

Determine which dev devices the disks show up as.
Next, create the raid device pointing at the correct dev directory.
sudo mdadm --create /dev/md0 --level=1 --raid-devices=2 /dev/sdx /dev/sdy
sudo mkfs.ext /dev/md0

The device will start a resync process which on my system takes a really long time (days). If you want to avoid this initial re-sync you can use '--assume-clean' to avoid this. I would recommend letting it resync.

And there ya go.

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