[Linux-PowerEdge] Replacing the disks in a RAID-5, one after the other..
vincent at cojot.name
vincent at cojot.name
Wed Sep 11 14:58:02 CDT 2013
I have a Dell T410 with hot-swap bays that hold the following config:
-- Controller information --
-- ID | Model
c0 | LSI MegaRAID SAS 9271-8i
-- Arrays informations --
-- ID | Type | Size | Status | InProgress
c0u0 | RAID-1 | 1817G | Optimal | None
c0u1 | RAID-5 | 8184G | Optimal | None
-- Disks informations
-- ID | Model | Status | Speed | Temperature
c0u0p0 | WD-WMC300422505WDC WD20EFRX-68AX9N0 80.00A80 | Online, Spun Up | 6.0Gb/s | 31C | ID: '[252:4]'
c0u0p1 | WD-WMC300421817WDC WD20EFRX-68AX9N0 80.00A80 | Online, Spun Up | 6.0Gb/s | 32C | ID: '[252:5]'
c0u1p0 | WD-WMC1T0534822WDC WD30EFRX-68AX9N0 80.00A80 | Online, Spun Up | 6.0Gb/s | 30C | ID: '[252:0]'
c0u1p1 | WD-WMC1T0613679WDC WD30EFRX-68AX9N0 80.00A80 | Online, Spun Up | 6.0Gb/s | 30C | ID: '[252:1]'
c0u1p2 | WD-WMC1T0600303WDC WD30EFRX-68AX9N0 80.00A80 | Online, Spun Up | 6.0Gb/s | 30C | ID: '[252:7]'
c0u1p3 | WD-WMC1T0534827WDC WD30EFRX-68AX9N0 80.00A80 | Online, Spun Up | 6.0Gb/s | 30C | ID: '[252:6]'
The 4x3Tb RAID-5 is running out of space and I'd like to replace all of
those 3Tb disks with 4Tb disks (Yes, I know it's not economical). I
considered rebuilding the array from scratch and restoring the data but
the restore window would be too lengthy. I don't have any hot spares, btw,
nor empty slots..
I'm currently wondering if I could just swap the disks one after the other
(waiting for the resync to finish in-between swaps) and then extend the
Is this doable with such a config? Has someone done this before? What
would the procedure look like? I was thinking about something like this
(Array #0, LD #1).
a) for each of the old drives, do this:
1) Set the drive offline
# MegaCli -PDOffline -PhysDrv [E:S] -a0
2) Mark the drive as missing
# MegaCli -PDMarkMissing -PhysDrv [E:S] -a0
3) Prepare drive for removal
# MegaCli -PDPrpRmv -PhysDrv [E:S] -a0
4) Change/replace the drive
5) re-add the new drive to my RAID virtual drive and start the rebuilding
# MegaCli -PdReplaceMissing -physdrv[E0:S0] -arrayA, -rowB -a0
# MegaCli -PDRbld -Start -PhysDrv [E:S] -a0
b) When all the drives have been replaced, expand the LD:
1) Check if expansion is possible:
# MegaCli -getLdExpansionInfo -L1 -a0
2) Expand the array.
# MegaCli -LdExpansion -p100 -L1 -a0
What do you people think of that? Would that work? Anyone been there
before? I found some hints that some people did
but I thought I'd ask here.. :)
c) Do the usual parted, pvresize/vxresize stuff...
System is running latest RHEL6.x, btw...
Thanks for reading,
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