On Wed, Mar 27, 2002 at 05:35:25PM +0000, Niall O Broin wrote:
> Vorsicht ! A lot of these so-called IDE-RAID chipsets are not doing hardware
> RAID (*) but are actually providing their own software RAID via a special
> 'doze driver.
This is not quite true. There are 2 "cheap" raid chipsets out there
(3ware doesn't count - it's a proper raid system) - the promise
fasttrack chips, and the Highpoint HPT370 ones. All they do is provide
bios boot support for software raid. That software raid has drivers for
windows, linux and freebsd (if not the other *bsd's). The main problem
is that the distro's installation programs don't understand the
resulting partitions. Redhat actually have support for those raid
chipsets in the the 7.2 installation kernel, but the patch to the
installation program itself was botched or never applied (can't remember
which). Anyway, the short of it is that unless something has changed in
the very latest releases, you'll have to install onto a spare hd, and
copy across the installation when it's finished. That works fine - i did
it, more out of curiousity than anything else.
"Oh look, it's the Pigeon of Love."
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