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