How to resize software raid partition in Linux

In my last article I showed you steps to configure software RAID 1 in Linux. Now in this article I will show you steps to add/remove partitions from your raid partition.

While configuring RAID it is always advised to add a spare partition to your raid device so that in case of any hard disk failure the spare partition can be utilized

Lets add a new virtual hard disk to our machine.

To keep this article strictly on the roadmap I will assume that you already have created a new partition and changed the partition type from default to "Linux RAID". If not you can follow my last article where I had explained in detail to do the same.

So we will now just add the new partition to our raid device

# mdadm --manage /dev/md0 --add /dev/sdd1
mdadm: added /dev/sdd1

Once added let us look at the details of your raid device

# mdadm --detail /dev/md0
/dev/md0:
        Version : 1.2
  Creation Time : Fri Sep 19 23:02:52 2014
     Raid Level : raid1
     Array Size : 5233024 (4.99 GiB 5.36 GB)
  Used Dev Size : 5233024 (4.99 GiB 5.36 GB)
   Raid Devices : 2
  Total Devices : 3
    Persistence : Superblock is persistent

    Update Time : Sat Sep 20 02:06:39 2014
          State : clean
 Active Devices : 2
Working Devices : 3
 Failed Devices : 0
  Spare Devices : 1

           Name : test2.example:0  (local to host test2.example)
           UUID : 5a463788:9bf2659a:09d1c73a:9adcbbbd
         Events : 76

    Number   Major   Minor   RaidDevice State
       2       8       17        0      active sync   /dev/sdb1
       1       8       33        1      active sync   /dev/sdc1

       3       8       49        -      spare   /dev/sdd1

So now as it says there are total 3 devices out of which 2 devices are used for RAID whereas one is kept as spare device.

Well our work is not yet done as this article is all about growing the size of the raid array so lets do that

# mdadm --grow --raid-devices=3 /dev/md0
raid_disks for /dev/md0 set to 3

Once done run the below command

# cat /proc/mdstat
Personalities : [raid1]
md0 : active raid1 sdd1[3] sdb1[2] sdc1[1]
      5233024 blocks super 1.2 [3/2] [UU_]
      [======>..............]  recovery = 34.3% (1800064/5233024) finish=0.2min speed=225008K/sec

unused devices: <none> As you can see a recovery process has started and 3rd device can be seen under the array. Well this is not exactly a recovery process instead it is performing an action of adding the device to the group and performing mirroring.

You can see the same in details using the below command

# mdadm --detail /dev/md0
/dev/md0:
        Version : 1.2
  Creation Time : Fri Sep 19 23:02:52 2014
     Raid Level : raid1
     Array Size : 5233024 (4.99 GiB 5.36 GB)
  Used Dev Size : 5233024 (4.99 GiB 5.36 GB)
   Raid Devices : 3
  Total Devices : 3
    Persistence : Superblock is persistent

    Update Time : Sat Sep 20 02:09:22 2014
          State : clean, degraded, recovering
 Active Devices : 2
Working Devices : 3
 Failed Devices : 0
  Spare Devices : 1

 Rebuild Status : 53% complete

           Name : test2.example:0  (local to host test2.example)
           UUID : 5a463788:9bf2659a:09d1c73a:9adcbbbd
         Events : 88

    Number   Major   Minor   RaidDevice State
       2       8       17        0      active sync   /dev/sdb1
       1       8       33        1      active sync   /dev/sdc1
       3       8       49        2      spare rebuilding   /dev/sdd1

Once the recovery process is completed you should be able to see 3 active devices under the raid array

# mdadm --detail /dev/md0
/dev/md0:
        Version : 1.2
  Creation Time : Fri Sep 19 23:02:52 2014
     Raid Level : raid1
     Array Size : 5233024 (4.99 GiB 5.36 GB)
  Used Dev Size : 5233024 (4.99 GiB 5.36 GB)
   Raid Devices : 3
  Total Devices : 3
    Persistence : Superblock is persistent

    Update Time : Sat Sep 20 02:09:35 2014
          State : clean
 Active Devices : 3
Working Devices : 3
 Failed Devices : 0
  Spare Devices : 0

           Name : test2.example:0  (local to host test2.example)
           UUID : 5a463788:9bf2659a:09d1c73a:9adcbbbd
         Events : 99

    Number   Major   Minor   RaidDevice State
       2       8       17        0      active sync   /dev/sdb1
       1       8       33        1      active sync   /dev/sdc1
       3       8       49        2      active sync   /dev/sdd1

 

What would happen if any of the hard disk crashes?

Let us try it out and see the output by ourself

Now I will manually fail /dev/sdb1

# mdadm --fail /dev/md0 /dev/sdb1
mdadm: set /dev/sdb1 faulty in /dev/md0

Check the detailed output once again

# mdadm --detail /dev/md0
/dev/md0:
        Version : 1.2
  Creation Time : Fri Sep 19 23:02:52 2014
     Raid Level : raid1
     Array Size : 5233024 (4.99 GiB 5.36 GB)
  Used Dev Size : 5233024 (4.99 GiB 5.36 GB)
   Raid Devices : 3
  Total Devices : 3
    Persistence : Superblock is persistent

    Update Time : Sat Sep 20 02:13:31 2014
          State : clean, degraded
 Active Devices : 2
Working Devices : 2
 Failed Devices : 1
  Spare Devices : 0

           Name : test2.example:0  (local to host test2.example)
           UUID : 5a463788:9bf2659a:09d1c73a:9adcbbbd
         Events : 101

    Number   Major   Minor   RaidDevice State
       0       0        0        0      removed
       1       8       33        1      active sync   /dev/sdc1
       3       8       49        2      active sync   /dev/sdd1

 2       8       17        -      faulty   /dev/sdb1

Now since we have one faulty device, we can just remove it as it is of no use

# mdadm --remove /dev/md0 /dev/sdb1
mdadm: hot removed /dev/sdb1 from /dev/md0

Resize the raid array and update the raid devices to the available no. of active partitions i.e. 2

# mdadm --grow --raid-devices=2 /dev/md0
raid_disks for /dev/md0 set to 2

Verify the raid device output

# mdadm --detail /dev/md0
/dev/md0:
        Version : 1.2
  Creation Time : Fri Sep 19 23:02:52 2014
     Raid Level : raid1
     Array Size : 5233024 (4.99 GiB 5.36 GB)
  Used Dev Size : 5233024 (4.99 GiB 5.36 GB)
Raid Devices : 2
  Total Devices : 2
    Persistence : Superblock is persistent

    Update Time : Sat Sep 20 02:14:39 2014
          State : clean
 Active Devices : 2
Working Devices : 2
 Failed Devices : 0
  Spare Devices : 0

           Name : test2.example:0  (local to host test2.example)
           UUID : 5a463788:9bf2659a:09d1c73a:9adcbbbd
         Events : 109

    Number   Major   Minor   RaidDevice State
       1       8       33        0      active sync   /dev/sdc1
       3       8       49        1      active sync   /dev/sdd1

So we are back with 2 active raid devices without loosing any single data.

I hope the article was helpful.

 

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