Suse 9.1 Pro and Raid 1Setup

Posted on 2004-08-05
Last Modified: 2013-12-15

I have just built a pc with a MSI K7N2 delta ILSR mobo. I have just flashed the bios so I can run two 120 GB diamondmax plus 9 drives in raid 1 configuration. I created the array using the utility within the bios called Fast build and set the bios so the second boot drive was the scsi drive. At this point the only hard drives I have connected to the mobo is the ones on ide3. I then try and install Suse 9.1 pro but it is telling me that there is no hard drive installed. However, when the computer boots up it tells me that the raid is functional. Please help relatively new to linux and raid
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
ID: 11727978
I'm not familiar with this board. How would you access the RAID disks in e.g. Windows? Do you need a special driver for this, or does the RAID system look like a normal disk to the OS?

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I haven't got as far as the os because I cant get suse to recognize the array. Should I use a hard drive on ide1 and then have the the other two disks for the array so that suse can be installed on the hard drive? I have never used raid before so I wouldn't know how it is accessed using windows.

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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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There are two variants: Your controller can either emulate on disk, and then handle the RAID "stuff" behind the scenes. This way, you don't need any special drivers, and any operating system should be able to handle the disk, or, your controller needs a driver so that the RAID "stuff" is actually handled by the operating system (with the driver). If that's the case, you will need to tell your OS to load this driver before you can access the disk. It's possile that your SuSE system just does not come with this driver.

If you can, install the OS (at least anything you need to boot the kernel, which is usually the boot loader configuration, the kernel image and an initial ram disk) on a "normal" disk, and then go from there. Do you know what type of RAID controller is used on this board?
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ID: 11742162
All sorted,

I put the drives on ide1 and ide2 then configured a software raid its all working fine looked at a post by another suse user who had virtually the same problem. Thanks for your help

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ID: 11742166
The board used a promise controller I thought I read somewhere that the raid controllers were no longer being supported with the new kernal?
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Karl Heinz Kremer earned 125 total points
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This page has some information about Promise drivers, but almost nothing about 2.6:

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Thanks for all your help

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