the Promise of SATA (part 2)… creating a RAID 1 on SuSE 9.1

9 07 2004

i recently acquired an AMD Athlon 64 3000+ processor using the VIA chipset. It supports the Ultra ATA 100/133 Bus Master IDE, a Serial-ATA (SATA) provided by VIA, and an extra SATA onboard controller by Silicon Image, complete with RAID function supporting RAID 0 (striping), 1 (mirroring), and 10 (striped arrays using mirrored arrays).

since i don’t need a striped array (where you have two or more hard disks, but the system sees them as one), i opted to create a RAID 1, or mirrored, array. this will be a high performance mirroring and duplexing array where there is “100% redundancy of data, no rebuild is necessary in case of a disk failure, just a copy to the replacement disk.”

i don’t know why, but i proceeded on creating a software raid (using SuSE 9.1 64) instead of a hardware raid using the SI controller. first thing i did was install the two disks using one of the controllers (remember the VIA and the SI controllers?), and started to boot into YAST (Yet Another Setup Tool) of SuSE. to be continued…

Ciao, baby… 😎

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