One server with a broken Raid array was having troubles with it’s software raid.
I tried to scan the raid array via a rescue cd like so:
server:~# mdadm --assemble --scan /dev/md1
just to be suprised by the message:
mdadm: /dev/md1 assembled from 2 drives – not enough to start the array.
In /proc/mdstat respectively the raid was showing inactive, e.g.:
server:~# cat /proc/mdstat
Personalities : [raid10] [raid1]
md1 : inactive sda2 sdc2 sdb2
Respectively trying to activate the software Linux raid array with:
server:~# mdadm -A -s
Couldn’t be completed because of the same annoying error:
/dev/md1 assembled from 2 drives – not enough to start the array.
Thanksfully finally thanks to some Russian, who posted having same issues reported to be able to active his software RAID with mdadm’s –force option.
Thus enabling the problematic RAID 5 array was possible with:
server:~# mdadm -A -s --force
This solution of course is temporary and will have to further check what’s wrong with the array, however at least now I can chroot to the server’s / directory. 😉