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minimum replication factor

Question asked by petermccugon on Dec 5, 2011
Latest reply on Dec 5, 2011 by Ted Dunning
The pop-up for volume creation has two replication fields

numreplicas  Desired replication factor (number of replications)
minreplicas  Minimum replication factor (number of replications)

The default for minreplicas is 1. The info button says if the number of replicas falls below the minreplicas, an alarm will trigger and the data will re-replicate immediately.  But if the default is 1, won't my data be gone before it tries to re-replicate immediately ?  Don't I want to use 2 for minreplicas ?