Author Topic: Hot Spare doesn't seem to work for RAID1  (Read 218 times)

Resuna

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Hot Spare doesn't seem to work for RAID1
« on: March 11, 2019, 08:29:54 pm »
Due to my Terastation being at the time in an isolated location I set it up with RAID1 plus two hot spares, so that (theoretically) it could survive two drive failures without losing redundancy.

Unfortunately, when a drive failed it just sat there, degraded. I was unable to convince it to use the hot spares (in fact they had vanished from the RAID array window). I got to the physical drive and replaced the bad drive and hit the function button. It formatted the replaced drive as a normal disk, but didn't give me the opportunity to rebuild the raid. I now had 1 normal drive, one drive that was in a degraded RAID array, and two hot spares that weren't in any array but couldn't be reformatted or removed.

I noticed that the new drive could now be removed removed the new drive, reseated it, rediscovered, and it finally let me rebuild the array with it.

Then on a hunch I reseated the two hot spares and they came back as "spare disk" members of the RAID array.

At this point I am somewhat concerned about the Terastation. Is the problem that only RAID5 will use a hot spare, and I should burn the current config to the ground and go with a 3 drive RAID5 and a hot spare... or is this just one of those things, it is what it is, and build me a FreeNAS?

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Re: Hot Spare doesn't seem to work for RAID1
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2019, 02:54:25 pm »
You canít use a hot spare with only 2 disks.
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Resuna

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Re: Hot Spare doesn't seem to work for RAID1
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2019, 03:30:05 pm »
1. Why not?

2. Then why does it let me assign them to a RAID1 array?

3. Where is this documented?

Edit: the user manual (35011187-1_EN.PDF) states "You can create an array and designate another drive as a hot spare (which will boot automatically when one of the hard drive fails) in TS-XL and TS-RXL TeraStations. You can use 2 drives to create a RAID 1 array, use anther drive as a hot spare, and use another as a regular drive, all at once." Emphasis mine.
« Last Edit: March 12, 2019, 03:37:07 pm by Resuna »