Removing a software RAID in Fedora

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I’ve been playing with various configurations of my software RAID and thought I’d start again from scratch. The obvious question then was, how would I remove my previous efforts? This seems to be different depending on the distribution, so here’s what worked for me in Fedora 33. I’m assuming here that my RAID is /dev/md1.

First we’ll take a look at which drives are currently in use on the existing configuration. We can do that in two ways, either by using

mdadm --detail /dev/md1

or read this file:

cat /proc/mdstat

Make a note of the drives involved. Now we’ll need to stop the array with

mdadm --stop /dev/md1

In Fedora, it appears that this both stops and removes the array. On other distributions the optional “mdadm –remove /dev/md1” is necessary, but not here.

All that remains to be done now is to clean the individual drives of any information.

mdadm --zero-superblock /dev/sdc1 /dev/sdd1 /dev/sdf1

We can specify multiple drives (or rather partitions), all of which remain formatted with “Linux raid autodetect”, ready for the next adventure.

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