Hard Disk device IDs in Linux

Dan Egli ddavidegli at gmail.com
Wed Mar 13 01:44:52 MDT 2013

*You have a point there. While the company is somewhat small (much of what
we do works with uncompressed video files or images, hence the space usage)
and so the risk of loosing a ton of money is also small, the fact remains
that the point of setting this up was to avoid the need to restore the
backup in the first place. I do like the hot spares though. I forgot about
those. I'll think about it before making the final choice. But this is good
points made, thank you.*

* *

*--- Dan*

On Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 9:48 PM, Lonnie Olson <lists at kittypee.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 8:49 AM, Michael Torrie <torriem at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Anyway, what the device nodes are is completely up to the distro.  When
> > I managed RH servers connected to a big san, we didn't use
> > /dev/sda-style notation at all.  Instead we used /dev/disk/by-id/ nodes.
> >  This way even if the disks moved to a new chassis, they'd still be
> > found.  We did find, though, that the RAID chassis itself would create
> > these ids, and when you moved a RAID set to a new chassis, the disk ids
> > would change.  But it was much better than using /dev/sda and the like,
> > which could change order at boot, depending on how fast the arrays
> > responded and were enumerated by udev.
> I personally like using the UUID= or LABEL= methods for identifying
> disks to mount.  But anyway your idea to use a different identifier
> other than /sev/sda-style is a good one for a machine where disks
> might move around.
> Dan,
> I would not recommend using that many drives in a single RAID array.
> The more disks you have in a single RAID6 array increases the chances
> you will encounter multiple disk failures and hence a whole array
> failure.  Personally I wouldn't use more than 10 drives per RAID6, but
> this number can of course vary.  If you want them all in a single
> array, you can group the individual RAID6 arrays into a single one by
> concatenating or striping the arrays.
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