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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:34 pm    Post subject: [solved] mdadm "not an md array" using 3tb disks. Reply with quote

When I try and create a raid array, I get: "mdadm: device /dev/sdf1 exists but is not an md array."

This is on a machine that I previously had a bunch of 750gb drives working, so all is okay on that side.

Difference now is im trying to replace them with 3tb drives. The machine supports it, I can partition, format and mount the disks induvidually.


Normally I would go into fdisk and setup a partition with type fd for raid auto detect. But this time since they are over 3tb I am using parted, mklabel to gpt, and setting the "raid" flag. The partition is aligned (as in, I don't get a warning if I use parted -a optimal).

But I get the above error when using --create, I also get this error if I try and create an array using the devices themselves without any partitions so im not sure if this is a partion/parted problem.

I've tried metadata=1.2, although I think its default anyway for mdadm version I have (v3.1.4 - 31st August 2010), also tried setting --chunk=4096 etc (and some other variants).


Here is parted -l for one of the drives, the others are similar.

Code:

Model: ATA ST3000DM001-9YN1 (scsi)
Disk /dev/sdf: 3001GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/4096B
Partition Table: gpt
Disk Flags:

Number  Start   End     Size    File system  Name     Flags
 1      20.5kB  3001GB  3001GB               primary  raid



What I first thought was the problem, is that im running a 32bit system - but most places I have looked at suggest 32bit isn't an issue (and they work on their own anyway).

Code:

3.5.7-gentoo #1 SMP Sat Dec 8 22:57:53 GMT 2012 i686 AMD Athlon(tm) II Neo N36L Dual-Core Processor AuthenticAMD GNU/Linux


Code:

# cat /proc/mdstat
Personalities : [raid0] [raid1] [raid10] [raid6] [raid5] [raid4]
unused devices: <none>


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

raid Flag ist not used, set type FD00 (or 00FD?)
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not really sure which command is which in parted - any that refers to flags doesn't like FD00 (or 00FD).

Just merged gdisk to use instead, set the fd00 flag, if I look at the disk in parted it shows "raid" under flags just like I did myself using "set 1 raid on".

Used gdisk, set fd00 on the drives and I still get the same error.

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# mdadm --create --verbose --level=raid1 --chunk=4096 /dev/sd[fg]1 --metadata=1.2
mdadm: device /dev/sdf1 exists but is not an md array.

# mdadm --create --verbose --level=raid5 --chunk=4096 --raid-devices=4 /dev/sd[fghi]1 --metadata=1.2
mdadm: device /dev/sdf1 exists but is not an md array.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats simpe you forgot to mention the Device you want to create, write /dev/md0 before the component devices.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, that was a bit silly. Although when I first started doing this (before I realised to change to gpt) I was putting that info in and getting another issue which I have since sorted.

Thanks :)
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