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Re: [ale] Gigabyte MoBo RAID and RH-7.2



I have an Asus A7V233 which came with the Promise Raid stuff and I could 
never get it working with 7.2.  I now use the linux software RAID0 and I 
haven't had any problems(with the exception of the error correction on the 
Maxtor drive itself).

Mike
msmith at mikeandmel.com

> Stuffed Crust wrote:
> 
>>On Wed, Mar 13, 2002 at 10:13:17PM -0500, John Mills wrote:
>>
>>>I am configuring a new Athlon-based system using the Gigabyte GA-7DXR+
>>>mother board. This board include the 'Promise Technology' PDC20276
>>>on-board RAID controller which can drive the two 20 GBy HDDs in
>>>striped or mirrored mode. A conventional IDE interface is also
>>>available. I would like to use the drives in striped RAID
>>>configuration.
>>>
>>
>>One word: Don't.
>>
>>Promise has binary-only drivers available for some distributions (and
>>old kernels at that) but there's a driver in 2.4.10+ that may or may
>>not work.
>>
>>The onb-ard RAID controller is a pure software-based RAID, that
>>basically does everything in the driver.  The only advantage it offers
>>over the Linux kernel RAID is that the the RAID array is
>>cross-platform.
>>
> Ah, that's the kicker right there.
> 
>>
>>If you're not going to run Windows (and make the array with NTFS or
>>FAT32) on this box, save yourself a lot of pain and just use the kernel
>>RAID instead. 
>>
> Maybe that's why no one has busted buns to write the driver; why do it 
> when kernel RAID is sitting there?
> 
>>
>>The same goes for the Highpoint controllers.  
>>
>>Of course, I also think that RAID0 is an abobination, and only good for
>>bragging rights -- until one drive goes down and you lose the entire
>>array.
>>
> Yeah, that's true, but there may be times when you want "ludicrous 
> speed" from your drives and you're willing to get it at the expense of 
> reliability.  Thankfully, many RAID controllers (dunno if kernel RAID 
> does this yet) will let you make stripe sets out of mirrors or vice 
> versa such that you can get that speed and still be able to lose one or
>  more drives.
> 
> - Jeff
> 
>>
>> - Pizza


-- 
Michael Smith
msmith at mikeandmel.com


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