Newbie with a few questions

  • Hi - just joined the forum (Newbie). Not sure if this is the right place to post this, sorry if its not. Wanting to build a Raspberry Pi 4 (4GB RAM) NAS RAID 1 project and have a few questions.


    I am going to use the NAS for storing music files. I already have a 500 GB Drive with about 200GB of files. My hope is that I can configure OpenMediaVault to use RAID 1 with my existing 500 GB SDD Drive and when I add the second (empty) drive the system will automatically synchronize the drives. This would be analogous to the situation where I have an existing RAID 1 pair and one of the drives fails and I have to replace it with a new one. Will the system simply add the second drive and copy whatever it needs to onto it?



    1. Does OpenMediaVault run (stable) on Raspberry Pi 4 (4GB RAM) using RAID 1 USB attached SDD Drives? I already own the 4GB RPI and an empty 500 GB SDD


    2. Does OpenMediaVault support booting from a RAIDed disk and not use the SD Card? I am concerned about the reliability of the SD Card and would rather boot from a USB attached SDD Drive (maybe my biggest question). I am Ok starting with the SD Card but would love to not have to use it after initial setup.


    3. I already have a 500 GB SDD drive with data formatted ext4. Can I add this drive and an empty SDD Drive in a RAID 1 pair and will the system automatically copy the data on the existing drive to the new drive in the RAID 1 pair? I want to avoid having to rip all of my CDs onto an empty RAID 1 disk array.


    Any help greatly appreciated - thanks in advance!


    Regards,
    Steve

  • 1. Does OpenMediaVault run (stable) on Raspberry Pi 4 (4GB RAM) using RAID 1 USB attached SDD Drives? I already own the 4GB RPI and an empty 500 GB SDD

    No, OMV does not support RAID on RPi. There have been too many issues with it. Probably you neither need nor want RAID anyway.
    My thoughts about... RAID

    2. Does OpenMediaVault support booting from a RAIDed disk and not use the SD Card? I am concerned about the reliability of the SD Card and would rather boot from a USB attached SDD Drive (maybe my biggest question). I am Ok starting with the SD Card but would love to not have to use it after initial setup.

    No, see above. BUT OMV has a flashmemory-plugin which reduces writes to the SD card to a large extend. Many users are using SBC with SD cards.

    3. I already have a 500 GB SDD drive with data formatted ext4. Can I add this drive and an empty SDD Drive in a RAID 1 pair and will the system automatically copy the data on the existing drive to the new drive in the RAID 1 pair? I want to avoid having to rip all of my CDs onto an empty RAID 1 disk array.

    As mentioned: no RAID on RPI


    Instead you can use rsync or snapshot to copy data from drive 1 to drive 2. This can be done automatically every hour, every day, every week or what ever.

  • 1 - You should use OMV 5 for an RPI4 - guide - but you should really think about why you want raid (provides availability and redundancy not backup) on a system that has no availability or redundancy features. You cannot create a Raid array on USB drives using the OMV web interface. There is a reason for that. Raid on usb drives is a terrible idea.


    2 - Sure but keep it on the SD card. I have run systems for years on sd cards as long as the flashmemory plugin is installed (guide above does that automatically). Your goals seem like they require hardware more server grade which an RPi4 is definitely not.


    3 - No. A raid array is create from empty disks. You should look at mirroring them with ext4 filesystems and the rsync or rsnapshot plugin.


    And don't forget backup... Raid is not backup.

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