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Raptor Ramjet 09-28-2003 07:21 AM

How do Install to system with 3 disks, 2 of which are RAID array ?
 
Hello,

I've just downloaded Slackware 9.1 and am trying to install it to a system featuring a mobo with an HPT372 controller and which has 3 hard drives in it.

/dev/hda - 46 Gb
/dev/hde - 120 Gb (configured as RAID 1 array in the BIOS)
/dev/hdg - 120 Gb (configured as RAID 1 array in the BIOS)

I've therefore partitioned the disks as follows:

/dev/hda1 - 120 Mb for "/boot"
/dev/hda2 - 44 Gb for "/"
/dev/hda3 - 1 Gb for swap (excessive I know !)

/dev/ataraid/d1 - 6 Gb for "/usr"
/dev/ataraid/d2 - 114 Gb for "/home"

Now when I boot from the Slackware CD using the "bare.i" kernel I can see all the partitions on all the disks but I see the partitions on the RAID array as /dev/hde1, /dev/hde2, /dev/hdg1 and /dev/hdg2.

However if I boot using the "ataraid.i" kernel I don't see any partitions from /dev/hda but I see the partitions on the RAID array correctly as /dev/ataraid/d1 and /dev/ataraid.d2.

So my question is how can I ask Slackware to see the first disk as "normal" but to also see the other two disks as a RAID-1 array ? Or should I simply install Slackware to /dev/hda and then try to set up access to the RAID array (and move /usr and /home across) after it's set up ?

But on this note I'm delighted that Slackware can now actually see the RAID array as it's the first time I've got a Linux distro to talk to the HPT372 controller !

Any help much appreciated.


P.S. My ISO images are of course now being shared via bit-torrent :)

Raptor Ramjet 09-28-2003 10:07 AM

Hello,

Well sadly I decided it was too exciting having the new Slackware release just sitting here so I decided to take the 46 GB disk out and simply install to the RAID array (the disk will find a good home in my other machine)

So, whilst I'm now watching the Slackware installation whizzing away to the RAID array, I'd still be interested to know how to achieve the installation I outlined in my earlier post (just for interest)

Yours looking forward to using the new release !


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