RAID-5 expansion / harddisk replacement (with bigger disks) w ithout total data-loss
Steve_Boley at Dell.com
Tue Aug 19 10:37:00 CDT 2003
Trust me, don't do what you are trying to do. Will probably end in
miserable failure and cause more downtime than necessary.
Rem out your mount points for the current mounts on the raid
Backup the data and note any labels on the arrays if any with e2label
Remove the 9gb drives and put new drives in and create new raid5 and scrub
Recreate partitions to whatever size you want and label them if you are
them that way restore data and restore the mount points.
Remount partitions and restart all your applications.
If you go down doing any of these rebuilds and reconfigures you loose
everything and have to start fresh anyways and will have wasted several
hours for each rebuild and even more time during reconfigures.
You would expend 100 times more effort trying not to recreate and restore
you would if you just followed the above steps.
From: Nicolai Schleifer [mailto:schleifer at chamaeleon.de]
Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2003 5:49 AM
To: linux-poweredge at dell.com
Subject: RAID-5 expansion / harddisk replacement (with bigger disks)
without total data-loss
I'd like to replace the four 9GB harddisks of container 1 in the example
below against 36GB harddisks without having a total data loss of that
container. The goal is to extend the overall size of that container from "(4
time 9GB)-raid-5_overhead" to "(4 times 36GB)-raid-5_overhead".
I think it should be possible, by first replacing all the 9GB harddisks,
one by one (like if they were broken and needed to be replaced) and after
that by extending the container's size to the full extent that should be
possible by then (found hints about that, using afacli commands "container
I'm currently reading this mailinglist about my planned expansion task,
to various different results. I can't find an example on the list which
matches my task. Any hints?
AFA0> container list
Executing: container list
Num Total Oth Chunk Scsi Partition
Label Type Size Ctr Size Usage B:ID:L Offset:Size
----- ------ ------ --- ------ ------- ------ -------------
0 Mirror 8.47GB Open 0:00:0 64.0KB:8.47GB
/dev/sda SYSTEM 0:01:0 64.0KB:8.47GB
1 RAID-5 25.4GB 64KB Open 0:02:0 64.0KB:8.47GB
/dev/sdb DATA 0:03:0 64.0KB:8.47GB
Maybe someone can tell me if it's possible at all. A recipe on how to do it
would even be greater.
Thank you! :)
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