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Old 10-05-2007, 02:35 PM   #1
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Linux RAID from Windows possible?


my question is a question between windows and linux. I created a linux RAID 0 (/dev/md3) from two disk partitions (/dev/sdc3 and /dev/sdd3)...

I formatted /dev/md3 as NTFS, and using ntfs-3g can read/write perfectly, and veery fast.

However, can I access this raid partition (/dev/md3) from windows? I know that windows supports raid only when the disks are dynamic. In this case, both discs, and the partitions (/dev/sdc3 and /dev/sdd3) are basic partitions... making them dynamic isn't an option for me...

Is there special open-source or proprietary software/drivers that allow the NTFS/RAID partition created in linux to be accessible from windows?

Any help is ofcourse greatly appreciated, thx...
Old 10-06-2007, 07:28 AM   #2
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Do you mean that you want to access the partition on other host with MS-Windows?
Old 10-06-2007, 08:53 AM   #3
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I created the RAID 0 NTFS partition in linux, and can read/write in linux. but can I access it from windows?
Old 10-06-2007, 03:15 PM   #4
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Do you want to access the RIAD from Windows through Linux, with Samba.

Or, do you dual boot into Windows, and access it natively. This would only be possible if the RAID modules were rebuilt as Windows device drivers, which, almost certainly, hasn't happened.

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you probally need a true hardware raid card to do what you are trying to do.
Old 10-07-2007, 06:42 PM   #6
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I want to access it natively, from Windows. It doesn't need any special hardware, just good software that runs on windows and can recognize linux raid & NTFS... such a solution is on the way, it's almost complete:

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