Just bought two new Hiatchi 250 GIG SataII drives. I've been using slackware for years now, and my main config up until now has been 1 80 gig IDE drive for the OS and games, and a 120 gig SataI drive for 'Documents'. I would just forget about custom kernels with the boot cd, (thereby using bare.i) and just doing up a custom 2.6.x-ck kernel (good stuff, linux-militia.net) with support for "VIA SATA", the new drive would then be under sda. Mount it and watch videos.
Now, I'm without that kind of 'old fasioned' solution. I am PRETTY sure I am with a 'hardware' (rather than software) raid setup here. I really don't know shit about raid other than what some of the 'levels' do and what raid stands for. The controller chip on the motherboard (Asus k8v Deluxe), brings up information at boot time, specially which of the two avaible ports are connected to hard drives. When plugging in the drives today, they both displayed there, and I "Hit Tab to Enter User Utility" and created a raid0 striped array, and rebooted; easy enough. Now they both display Array 0 after them, which seems about right.
I had to burn a new slackware disc 1 (I use dropline gnome and dont need the second), and booted from it. I new of both kernels, sata.i , and raid.s. Frankly this is where I got lost, which one do I use? Opting to try both and poke around I was able to boot from sata.i and see both discs there for sda, and sdb. Cool if I was going to install the OS on one and keep the other for space, but not what I was looking for. I booted the raid.s kernel, and I couldnt see either block device. I don't know if this is good or bad, as I recall the sata.i kernel had support for the various controls (including via) builtin, whereas the raid.s might have had them in modules.
The first step do an install of slackware is cfdisk/fdisk, but where do I point to? What block device? I was under the impression that hardware raid doesnt need me to fool with mdadm, or mkraid, or whatever those apps do...
Which kernel should I use?
Thank you very much, god knows the slackware sub forum is the most bright and I feel confident I can get this to work with some help.
Thank you again.