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From: Adam Borowski <>
To: Eric Wong <>
Subject: Re: raid1 with several old drives and a big new one
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2020 18:13:07 +0200
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20200731001652.GA28434@dcvr>

On Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 12:16:52AM +0000, Eric Wong wrote:
> Say I have three ancient 2TB HDDs and one new 6TB HDD, is there
> a way I can ensure one raid1 copy of the data stays on the new
> 6TB HDD?
> I expect the 2TB HDDs to fail sooner than the 6TB HDD given
> their age (>5 years).

While there's no good way to do so in general, in your case, there's no way
for any new block group to be allocated without the big disk.

Btrfs' allocation algorithm is: always pick the disk with most free space
left.  Besides being simple, this guarantees optimally utilizing available

And, for 2+2+2+6, no scheme that doesn't waste space could possibly place
raid1 copies without having one on the biggest disk.

Thus, all you need is to balance once.

> The devid balance filter only affects data which already exists
> on the device, so that isn't suitable for this, right?

Yeah, balance affects existing data, but doesn't have a lingering effect on
new allocations.

⢿⡄⠘⠷⠚⠋⠀ It's time to migrate your Imaginary Protocol from version 4i to 6i.

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Thread overview: 9+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-07-31  0:16 Eric Wong
2020-07-31  2:57 ` Chris Murphy
2020-07-31  3:22   ` Eric Wong
2020-07-31  3:35     ` Chris Murphy
2020-08-01  9:05   ` Roman Mamedov
2020-07-31  8:29 ` Alberto Bursi
2020-07-31 10:06   ` Eric Wong
2020-07-31 16:13 ` Adam Borowski [this message]
2020-08-01  3:40   ` Zygo Blaxell

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