Advice on Soft RAID Config
Hi all! I would like to ask you Linux experts if you see any pitfalls in my setup with regards to my Linux RAID config. (Using SuSE 9.3 Pro) Here's what I have and what I did:
IDE Ports on motherboard:
hda - Western Digital 40G HD, Primary Master
\ hda1 - 1G Swap (swap)
\ hda2 - 39G / (Reiserfs)
hdb - Standard CDROM, Secondary Master
IDE ATA/100 PCI Card:
hdc - Western Digital 160G HD, Primary Master
hde - Western Digital 160G HD, Primary Master
md0 - RAID 1 using hdc and hde, mounted to /home (Reiserfs)
I want to create a system to store my family photos, mp3s, important docs, etc. with fault tolerance. (Kind of a safe storage bin for all my junk). So I installed the Linux file system on the 40G drive. I don't care if that drive dies and I lose the system... I only want to protect the photos, mp3s, etc... "/home" (RAID 1) is where I plan to keep those files.
1) If the 40G drive dies, and the system will not boot, is there ANY security tied to the /home partition (RAID system) that will prevent me from installing Linux again on a new drive and accessing those files?
2) SuSE defaults a RAID mount to the /usr directory. What's the reasoning behind this? Is it better to store all your junk under /home, especially if you plan on opening Samba shares or FTP access?
3) Anything I'm missing?
Thanks for helping out a Linux rookie!