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Cannot Add Disk back into RAID 5

(@adamcatalyst)
Active Member Customer

Hello there,

I made a RAID 5, it seemed to work fine. I was having issues with one of the drives, and I removed it from the RAID to run some tests on it. Big mistake. When I went to add it back into the RAID, it told me there was not enough space. So I re-initialized it, thinking maybe then I could add it back in and softRAID would re-build it. Nope. Now it tells me that there are no Softraid initialized disks with enough free space to be added to my RAID. All of this within a span of a few minutes, with no disk activity. I don't understand how the exact same initialized drive doesn't have enough space, when it was literally part of this RAID five minutes ago. Most importantly, I don't know what to do.

Any advice on how to get this drive back into the RAID?

-Adam

 

p.s. I assume I could probably wipe the RAID out, and rebuild from scratch, but I don't have sufficient space to juggle the data to make that happen.

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Topic starter Posted : 16/12/2020 9:59 pm
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(@softraid-support)
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I think you may not be doing this correctly. Are you initializing the disk with SoftRAID?

Then using "Add disk"?

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Posted : 16/12/2020 10:02 pm
(@adamcatalyst)
Active Member Customer

@softraid-support Yes, that's exactly what I am doing. I did figure out a work-around. I resized my RAID to be 0.1 TB smaller. Then went to add the drive again. Success.

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Topic starter Posted : 16/12/2020 10:43 pm
(@softraid-support)
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That was the next idea, yes.

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Posted : 16/12/2020 11:30 pm
(@smayer97)
Eminent Member Customer

@adamcatalyst Strange that you would even need to do that.

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Posted : 17/12/2020 6:52 am
(@adamcatalyst)
Active Member Customer

@softraid-support As an FYI follow-up for anyone who ever has this issue, I was able to restore the RAID back up 0.1 TB larger once the RAID had rebuilt the disk. So a pretty easy and simple solution is anyone ever has this happen to them.

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Topic starter Posted : 17/12/2020 8:37 am
ali sami farooq
(@alisamifarooq)
Active Member

Ali Sami Farooq here i also try this but in my case it is working properly. Thank you for your support.

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Posted : 15/03/2021 1:11 am
(@ericutsa)
New Member

@adamcatalyst

I think I'm having the same issue; trying to add my new drive to the raid and I receive the same message.  Can you explain how you " resized my RAID to be 0.1 TB smaller " ?

 

Maybe my issue is different. Here's a screen shot.

Softraid error

 I appreciate the time and help.

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Posted : 23/09/2021 8:53 am
(@softraid-support)
Member Admin

@ericutsa

Select the volume tile for your volume and in the volumes menu, "resize volume"

Make it very slightly smaller. See if that works. If not, then attach a SoftRAID tech support file.

This post was modified 2 months ago by SoftRAID Support
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Posted : 23/09/2021 10:28 am
(@ericutsa)
New Member

@softraid-supportI I appreciate the help, truly! :)  I was an idiot and realized I hadn't validated the volume after the drive failed. I was able to resize the volume after this process was complete.  It's resizing now, hopefully that does the trick!

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Posted : 24/09/2021 8:18 am
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