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can a disk that was used in raid1 be used like a normal non-raid drive or is there some raid header saying "no youll fuck up my array"

@codl as long as you don't mind losing the RAID data that was on it you can reformat it for sure
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@codl That would depend on the volume manager you use. I've user hardware-based ones that work like that.

@codl the answer to that is a big old "it depends". Some systems do raid 1 with no headers. Most modern Linux software raid uses headers in front of the data. Some old Linux raid used headers at the end, so sometimes you could ignore the headers. In any case, you can often start a single drive as a "degraded" array to use it by itself.

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