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Re: woody vs. raid array

you still have to create drive partitions as type "fd" (for linux raid
autodetect), download the raidtools (raidtools2), and 
create the device before you can do anything with it.

john cuson
(jcuson@isdh.state.in.us, jcuson@alumni.indiana.edu)

The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever
                                     Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

>>> Will Trillich <will@serensoft.com> 11/22/03 12:40AM >>>
i've managed to get an actual budget to put together a woody
server with a real raid -- and of course, it's not going

	athlon xp 1800+
	768mb eec-registered ddr ram
	dual 160gb (western digital, 7200rpm) drives, raid1 (mirror)
	fasttrak100 lite

yet, during startup from the woody iso (which is exactly the
same as what i get when booting the 2.4.21-pre3 fd .bin image i
got from


) i see in dmesg that Promise Fasttrak(tm) Software raid driver
is loaded and being tested, but not finding any raid arrays:

	Promise Fasttrak(tm) Softwareraid driver 0.03beta: No raid array
	Highpoint HPT370 Softwareraid driver for linux version 0.01
	No raid array found
	md: linear personality registered as nr 1
	md: raid0 personality registered as nr 2
	md: raid1 personality registered as nr 3
	md: raid5 personality registered as nr 4
	raid5: measuring checksumming speed
	md: multipath personality registered as nr 7
	md: md driver 0.90.0 MAX_MD_DEVS=256, MD_SB_DISKS=27
	md: Autodetecting RAID arrays.
	md: autorun ...
	md: ... autorun DONE.

i noticed that the instructions at


mention the FastTrak TX2000 Ultra ATA/133 UDMA RAID Card (the
133) whereas mine is the fastrak100 lite... is that a significant

at bootup, after DEL is no longer an option, ^F gets me into the
raid configuration area, before the lilo boot (whether from cd
or floppy) and all seems healthy, there.

when i boot the boot-floppies (which, like the cd-rom, also
apologize for being called boot floppies :) all seems smooth
sailing until "partition hard disk" which lists only /dev/hdc and
/dev/hda; these appear to be the two drives composing the raid
array. each worked fine plugged in as a sole ide-drive; complete
install went like a dream -- without the raid setup, of course.
now it's supposed to be under /dev/ataraid/d0, but cfdisk (alt-f2
to get to a command line from the install console) says "Cannot
open disk drive".

what tests can i make to pin down what's stuck?


note -- all these log entries are re-keyed, of course, since i
can't get the raid system up and running. two keyboards, two
monitors, two hands :), two disks, no raid :(


i found the above resources at


I use Debian/GNU Linux version 3.0;
Linux boss 2.4.18-bf2.4 #1 Son Apr 14 09:53:28 CEST 2002 i586 unknown
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