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What RAID-DP protection is

If an aggregate is configured for RAID-DP protection, Data ONTAP reconstructs the data from one or two failed disks within a RAID group and transfers that reconstructed data to one or two spare disks as necessary.

RAID-DP provides double-parity disk protection when the following conditions occur:

The minimum number of disks in a RAID-DP group is three: at least one data disk, one regular parity disk, and one double-parity (dParity) disk. However, for non-root aggregates with only one RAID group, you must have at least 5 disks (three data disks and two parity disks).

If there is a data-disk failure or parity-disk failure in a RAID-DP group, Data ONTAP replaces the failed disk in the RAID group with a spare disk and uses the parity data to reconstruct the data of the failed disk on the replacement disk. If there is a double-disk failure, Data ONTAP replaces the failed disks in the RAID group with two spare disks and uses the double-parity data to reconstruct the data of the failed disks on the replacement disks.

RAID-DP is the default RAID type for all aggregates.