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Old 04-25-2010, 12:15 PM   #1
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Intel Matrix Storage Manager with Ubuntu

Ubuntu 2.6.31 - 14 generic

Problem began with RAID0 failure using 2 WD FALS1001 HDDs. I was unable to boot so I replaced the drives with 2 new FALS1001. Installed Win7 64 Ult, installed/updated all drivers/OS and had the same problem with one of the RAID drives again. Usually blue screens with Kernel_stack_inpage_error. I have Intel Matrix Storage version and can usually boot back into windows even when one disk out of the array shows unknown error (0) and reset the disk to normal. Now it seems to be progressing worse and hit or miss, I can get Windows to load 1 time out of 20 posts. Sometimes the array shows normal, sometimes failed, sometimes unknown error (0) and other times, everything shows normal and healthy and attempts to boot windows but has read errors or unable to find OS errors.

I simply want to access my data via Ubuntu so I can back it up and wipe the drives for re-installation. I see that Intel shows support for Linux but I'm lost as to what I need to do next. Intel link:
I currently see one of my drives listed in Ubuntu as a RAID component and the other is listed as a hard drive with unknown information.

I have loaded mdadm but I'm unfamiliar with how to use it.

Any help in the right direction would be appreciated.
Old 05-03-2010, 02:52 PM   #2
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I'd recommend using a liveCD to access the array; it's not clear to me whether you're booting off the array or another device currently. Having said that, while you can use mdadm ver 3+ to access the IMS, I am more familiar with dmraid, which ought to work just as well for your purpose. If it isn't already installed, you can run
sudo apt-get install dmraid
then try
dmraid -ay
, which should discover and activate your RAID. You can mount the array by finding the device in /dev/mapper; it will have a long complicated name like isw_fghfddhjd.
man dmraid


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