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Old 11-20-2003, 10:45 AM   #1
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Setting up a Raid level 1 in SuSE 8.2

Hello all,

I have two 60 gig drives in my system. I would like to raid the drives and have the following partitons.


If I have to drop one of the partitions for a /boot partition I can live with that. I have been trying to raid level 1 these drives together using YaST2. I have read many things and I am not sure the correct way to do this. I have heard that I need to raid the drives together first to form md0 and then partion md0 the way that I wish but I can't seem to figure out how.

Please any help would be great.
Old 11-20-2003, 12:26 PM   #2
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Click on yast.. click on partition utility.. click on.. "make raid"...

doesnt seem that hard?
Old 11-21-2003, 10:23 AM   #3
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What I don't know is if a /boot partition for this system is possible. If it is does it need to be a raid? Or one for each drive? After the drives are created identically and the partitions are created something like this...

hda1 = type=fd /boot ??? or something else?
hda2 = type=82 /swap
hda3 = type=fd /
hda4 = type=fd /var

hdb1 = type=fd /boot ??? or something else?
hdb2 = type=82
hdb3 = type=fd /
hdb4 = type=fd /var

md0 = hda1 and hdb1
md1 = hda3 and hda3
md2 = hda4 and hdb4

I hit next to go back to the installation screen. I am then informed that LILO sometime has a problem with the /root partition being a raid and that this configuration may not be bootable. It installs and is bootable.

Now for other problem. The last time I did this I decided to test the system and raid. I read that to test a raid you need to simulate hard drive failure by removing power from the machine and unplugging the power from one of the hard drives. Then connecting power to the system and turning the machine on. If the raid was working the machine would boot. It didn't boot. Is this a valid test of the raid?

Thanks for you help,


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