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Old 11-10-2005, 07:39 PM   #1
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Setting up a system with a Raid 1 Array

I'm trying to setup a system with a Raid 1 Array. I believe it will be a hardware raid because it is on the board. I'm using this hardware here. I'm trying to figure out what would be the best distro to use and also what kernel I should use and basicly how to set it up. I have found some tutorials which I will read into but I was wondering if anyone had any insight on this. I like Slackware, Gentoo, and Unbuntu. Does anyone know if one is better than the other for ease of setting up a Raid Array. Thanks for all the help.


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Old 11-11-2005, 08:55 PM   #2
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You probably already know this, but in some sense there are two types of RAIDs: software RAIDs and hardware RAIDs. Software RAIDs use the operating system to perform the behind the curtain RAID operations, while hardware RAIDs use a hardware controller to perform these tasks.

If you're setting up a hardware RAID, then addition to your hard drives, you have a RAID controller. How many hard drives are you using? What kind of RAID controller are you using?

If you don't have a controller, then you are looking at a software RAID. If so, the different distributions won't perform that differently, because kernel-level operations will dominate.

Hardware RAIDs are easy as pie; Linux doesn't know the difference. It looks like one big SCSI device to the operating system. Software RAIDs require some manipulation and maintenance. Sometimes very little; other times more.
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Thanks for the reply. I need to figure out if I have a controller and what kind. You have helped alot though telling me that the support is in the kernel and is not distro specific.

Once I get further into this project I might have some more questions but thanks for the reply.

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No problem at all. If you get stuck, come back and post some more.
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That board does not appear to have a Hardware RAID controller on it..

you will need to configre software RAID if you want a RAID 1 Array.


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