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    How to test if Software RAID 1 is working or not?

    Hello,

    I have implemented Software RAID 1. I now am looking how to test if this is working fine or not.
    I want to test this now so that if this is not working then I would not get to know this when it is too late.

    Is it just a question of pulling power from one of the drives. Would it be a problem after when I connect everything again?

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    Re: How to test if Software RAID 1 is working or not?

    Yank the SATA cable.
    Pull the power.
    Do anything to 1 drive that doesn't happen to the other.

    Be aware that RAID is NOT a substitute for backups and if something is NOT working with your RAID setup, then a backup may be the only way to recover.

    Setting up RAID and backups is only 10% of the work. The real work comes at recovery time - that is the purpose, after all. read the manual pages for mdadm to learn to recover after a failure and know that resync of data can take a really long time even for a few seconds of disconnection. man mdadm explains a tremendous amount.

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    Re: How to test if Software RAID 1 is working or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheFu View Post
    know that resync of data can take a really long time even for a few seconds of disconnection.
    mmm... so if I disconnect one of the drives, check that I get an error, and then I connect it back in I'll have to resync? Is there a command so that I can check that the size taken of one drive is the same as the size taken on the other drive? Like that at least I will confirm that data is being written on both drives!

    I will make sure to take notes on recovery and hope never to need them

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    Re: How to test if Software RAID 1 is working or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by sim085 View Post
    mmm... so if I disconnect one of the drives, check that I get an error, and then I connect it back in I'll have to resync? Is there a command so that I can check that the size taken of one drive is the same as the size taken on the other drive? Like that at least I will confirm that data is being written on both drives!

    I will make sure to take notes on recovery and hope never to need them
    Yep. If a RAID1 drive drops from the set, then gets reconnected, a resync will occur which can take hours - days. more /proc/mdstat
    If you want to see data being written to both drives, any io-monitoring tool should show it. I use saidar to get a warm fuzzy, but it isn't much use beyond that.

    I took notes during and after setting up my RAID arrays. Haven't needed more than these the last 8 yrs. Clearly, modify each command for your situation:
    Code:
    more /proc/mdstat
    sudo mdadm --detail /dev/mdX # See what is up!
    sudo mdadm /dev/mdX -a /dev/sdf1   # if 1 disk drops out
    sudo mdadm --assemble /dev/mdX -v --force # if the array is migrated to a new box
    # RAID Maintenance - run the "check" weekly
    echo check > /sys/block/mdX/md/sync_action
    echo repair > /sys/block/mdX/md/sync_action
    These are just the commands not a script. Each has a specific purpose. Simple stuff for the most part.

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