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Old 06-03-2013, 12:52 PM   #16
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Same here - topic is still "hot" :-)

Thanks for helping out
Old 02-26-2014, 02:30 PM   #17
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Use the --force, admin


Today I ran in the same problem, but it presented a bit different.
My /proc/mdstat looked like this:

# cat /proc/mdstat
Personalities : [raid6] [raid5] [raid4] 
md0 : inactive sdc[4] sdd1[3] sdb[5]
      5860538097 blocks super 1.2
unused devices: <none>
And i was unable to remove/fail the device specified in the "non-fresh" line.

So I had to manually assemble the raid with:

mdadm --assemble /dev/md0 /dev/sdb /dev/sdc /dev/sdd1 /dev/sde --force

I tried it without --force a few times but it didn't work.
With --force it assembled the array and my /proc/mdstat looked like this:
 more /proc/mdstat
Personalities : [raid6] [raid5] [raid4] 
md0 : active (auto-read-only) raid6 sdc[4] sdd1[3] sdb[5]
      3907020800 blocks super 1.2 level 6, 512k chunk, algorithm 2 [4/3] [_UUU]
unused devices: <none>
Also mdadm --detail /dev/md0 showed, that /dev/sde was already removed (?).
mdadm --detail /dev/md0
        Version : 1.2
  Creation Time : Fri Jun 24 19:29:50 2011
     Raid Level : raid6
     Array Size : 3907020800 (3726.03 GiB 4000.79 GB)
  Used Dev Size : 1953510400 (1863.01 GiB 2000.39 GB)
   Raid Devices : 4
  Total Devices : 3
    Persistence : Superblock is persistent

    Update Time : Mon Feb 24 03:27:03 2014
          State : clean, degraded
 Active Devices : 3
Working Devices : 3
 Failed Devices : 0
  Spare Devices : 0

         Layout : left-symmetric
     Chunk Size : 512K

           Name : sarah:0  (local to host sarah)
           UUID : 1a148a7f:4d6a55ca:86bdec2e:c2b06689
         Events : 229601

    Number   Major   Minor   RaidDevice State
       0       0        0        0      removed
       4       8       32        1      active sync   /dev/sdc
       5       8       16        2      active sync   /dev/sdb
       3       8       49        3      active sync   /dev/sdd1
Then I was able to add /dev/sde again and now it's rebuilding.

# more /proc/mdstat
Personalities : [raid6] [raid5] [raid4] 
md0 : active raid6 sde[6] sdc[4] sdd1[3] sdb[5]
      3907020800 blocks super 1.2 level 6, 512k chunk, algorithm 2 [4/3] [_UUU]
      [>....................]  recovery =  0.7% (14500864/1953510400) finish=1815.8min speed=17796K/sec
unused devices: <none>


mdadm, raid, raid1, sync

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