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Old 05-02-2009, 09:48 PM   #1
nko
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Recovering Data from Remaining RAID 1 Disk


Hello,

A while back, I had a PC with two hard drives configured in a RAID 1 array with mdadm. I stored a lot of data there, though nothing too important. The OS installation went south at one point and I installed something over it. I left the RAID array untouched but notably didn't backup my mdadm.conf.

A year or so later, I now have a new PC with a new OS installation and only one of the disks remaining :-) I would like to mount the remaining disk, pull the data off and start using the disk for other purposes. Everything I'm reading tells me that I'm fine as long as I either have or recreate mdadm.conf AND as long as I go buy another disk to replace the missing one.

I've also read allusions to the ability to tell mdadm to mount an array with "missing disks" but haven't seen any instructions on how to do so. I've tried just popping the disk in and mounting it like a regular disk but mount refuses to do so, citing that it is of type "Linux RAID" or something thereof.

Is there a way to mount this disk and get the data?
 
Old 05-02-2009, 10:28 PM   #2
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I think that you should be able to just mount it as a normal, non-raid, disk. Have you tried that? Use read only, of course.
 
Old 05-02-2009, 10:32 PM   #3
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Yeah, doesn't let me. It isn't EXT3, it's "Linux RAID". That was my first guess :-)
 
Old 05-02-2009, 10:37 PM   #4
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Do a 'cat /proc/mdstat'. Your system may have recognized the drive when you booted up.
'fdisk -l' might show it as well.

If it is there, you can mount the "md" device shown in the cat (assuming you originally put your filesystem directly on it).
Example: 'mount /dev/md0 /<desiredmountpoint>'

If you put an LVM PV on top of it, it is only slightly more work (unless you have a VG name conflist).
You would 'pvscan', 'vgscan', 'vgchange -ay', 'lvs', then mount the LV.

If this isn't the case, let me know.

Last edited by tommylovell; 05-02-2009 at 10:40 PM. Reason: typo
 
Old 05-02-2009, 10:56 PM   #5
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Thanks for the pointers! It is definitely not LVM- just an FS. I wasn't able to mount. Here's my console output:

Code:
root@localhost:/# cat /proc/mdstat
Personalities : 
md0 : inactive sdc1[1](S)
      78148096 blocks
       
unused devices: <none>
root@localhost:/# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 4034 MB, 4034838528 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 490 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xb698b698

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1         462     3710983+  83  Linux
/dev/sda2             463         490      224910    5  Extended
/dev/sda5             463         490      224878+  82  Linux swap / Solaris

Disk /dev/sdc: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x415a13b8

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdc1               1        9729    78148161   83  Linux
root@localhost:/# mount /dev/md0 /mnt/md0
mount: you must specify the filesystem type
root@localhost:/# mount /dev/md0 /mnt/md0 -t autofs
mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/md0,
       missing codepage or helper program, or other error
       (could this be the IDE device where you in fact use
       ide-scsi so that sr0 or sda or so is needed?)
       In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
       dmesg | tail  or so

root@localhost:/# mount /dev/md0 /mnt/md0 -t ext3
mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/md0,
       missing codepage or helper program, or other error
       (could this be the IDE device where you in fact use
       ide-scsi so that sr0 or sda or so is needed?)
       In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
       dmesg | tail  or so

root@localhost:/#
 
Old 05-02-2009, 11:51 PM   #6
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You should be trying to mount /dev/sdc1, not /dev/md0.
 
Old 05-02-2009, 11:57 PM   #7
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Code:
root@localhost:/# mount /dev/sdc1 /mnt/md0
mount: unknown filesystem type 'linux_raid_member'
root@localhost:/# mount /dev/sdc1 /mnt/md0 -t ext3
mount: /dev/sdc1 already mounted or /mnt/md0 busy
root@localhost:/#
 
Old 05-02-2009, 11:58 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by nko View Post
Thanks for the pointers! It is definitely not LVM- just an FS. I wasn't able to mount. Here's my console output:

Code:
root@localhost:/# cat /proc/mdstat
Personalities : 
md0 : inactive sdc1[1](S)
      78148096 blocks
       
unused devices: <none>
Try 'mdadm --assemble --scan' and see if that makes md0 active. If it becomes active, then your 'mount /dev/md0 /mnt/md0
' should work.

(--scan says to use /proc/mdstat and /etc/mdadm.conf to look for eligible devices to assemble into a RAID array, and since your /proc/mdstat has your device, you should be good.)

If the md0 device doesn't become active, try 'mdadm --assemble --scan --run'.

Finally, if that doesn't work, you'll need to create an /etc/mdadm.conf file.

Typically you 'mdadm --examine --scan > /etc/mdadm.conf'

The resulting file contains something like this:

ARRAY /dev/md0 level=raid1 num-devices=2 UUID=397c7395:9c3c48fa:68e69357:c9f2169f

(The UUID will of course be different.)

You can edit it so it looks like this:
Code:
DEVICE partitions
MAILADDR root

ARRAY /dev/md0 level=raid1 num-devices=2 UUID=397c7395:9c3c48fa:68e69357:c9f2169f
or this:
Code:
DEVICE partitions
MAILADDR root

ARRAY /dev/md0 level=raid1 num-devices=2 devices=/dev/sdc1,missing
And then try 'mdadm --assemble --run'.

Let us know the results.
 
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Old 05-03-2009, 12:36 AM   #9
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Wow. Just had to assemble / scan and mount. That was faster, more concise tech support than any I've received from a lot of expensive vendors. Thanks, Tommy!
 
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Old 01-12-2012, 03:27 PM   #10
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I used a different technique...

SCENARIO: My old RAID1 computer had failed, and I had only one of the two disks remaining. I wanted to recover its contents. I put it into an external hard drive enclosure and plugged it into the USB drive. I did
Code:
fdisk -l
and discovered that the USB drive was under /dev/sdc3 (based on what I recognized as its size).

First I tried
Code:
mkdir /mnt/old
mount /dev/sdc3 /mnt/old
but it said mount: unknown filesystem type 'linux_raid_member'. Fair enough. That's because /dev/sdc3 was a RAID partition.

But I knew that on my old computer I'd assembled the raid array out of two RAID partitions on two disks and then formatted the raid array as EXT3. So I tried
Code:
mount -o ro -t ext3 /dev/sdc3 /mnt/old
but it said mount: /dev/hdb1 already mounted or /mnt/fat32/ busy. Fair enough. That's because the MDADM subsystem is in charge of mounting the raid partitions and exposing them as /dev/md partitions.

Finding this thread, I tried
Code:
cat /proc/mdstat
It said md125 : inactive sdc3[1](S) 2104500 blocks super 1.0. So this thread was correct: MDADM had indeed grabbed hold of sdc3; but because sdc3's mirror pair wasn't present, it meant that MDADM hadn't been able to offer it up to me as some /dev/md.


I tried "mdadm --assemble --scan --run" as per this thread, but didn't make headway. In the end I found an easier solution:
Code:
mdadm --stop /dev/md125
mount /dev/sdc3 /mnt/old
It said mdadm: stopped /dev/md125 and then it let me mount it okay.


Conclusion: by stopping MDADM from grabbing ownership of the raid partition, I was able to mount it as its underlying ext3 just fine.


(Incidentally, I was also able to plug the drive into my Windows machine and use "Disk Internals Linux Reader" to read it. I image that the Linux Reader might just be ignoring the RAID aspect, and treating it directly as EXT3).
 
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Old 01-12-2012, 04:16 PM   #11
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Interesting.

The --stop tells mdadm to remove its metadata (which is at the end of the partition). So then, because it is RAID1, it just becomes your normal, run of the mill, partition that can be mounted. (This would not work with any other RAID type, but in the case of RAID1, all the data is there.)

Cool technique. Good one to remember.
 
Old 01-23-2012, 04:35 PM   #12
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Cool technique not successful

Post moved : http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...-drive-925485/

Last edited by LinuxSpiff; 01-24-2012 at 01:18 PM.
 
Old 01-23-2012, 08:03 PM   #13
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LinuxSpiff, you need to open a new post. Tacking your question onto the end of an old post is frowned upon and it will get limited visibility (it's not on the zero reply queue, which is what many people watch...).

If you open a new thread, you can refer to this thread for background. The first question I would ask you is to confirm that your RAID array is RAID1. So put that detail in your new post. You can then edit this post to remove the content and refer it to your new post.
 
Old 07-26-2012, 05:24 AM   #14
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Thumbs up

Many Thanks! Tommy,
It did help me a lot:

"Try 'mdadm --assemble --scan' and see if that makes md0 active. If it becomes active, then your 'mount /dev/md0 /mnt/md0
' should work.
"
 
Old 10-17-2013, 11:24 PM   #15
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I have a similar case where RAID1 disks have gone askew.
Unbeknowns to me, /dev/sdb now has NEWER stuff than /dev/sda , because for some months, sda was offline.
Now, sda became online, and sdb is off the raid. How can I recover the contents of sdb?
thanks! -t
 
  


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