Ubuntu & RAID

Jacob Piotrowski jake at jakepi.net
Mon Jan 12 20:01:01 UTC 2009


Most "hardware" RAID controllers on motherboards are in the end controlled
by software inside of Windows XP and not true hardware RAID controllers. 
I have run into this in the past.  I know there is limited support in
Linux for some of these "hardware" controllers, but support is very
limited and flaky at best.  If you Google the model number on your RAID
controller and Linux you maybe able to see if their is support for it.

Your best bet is to add another drive to your machine (drives are cheap
now anyways), leave it out of your RAID and use that for Linux.  If you
want RAID for your Linux on the cheap, get two small drives and use the
Ubuntu Alternative Install CD.  This will allow you to configure a Linux
software RAID, which in my experience works pretty good!

> Pierre Frenkiel wrote:
>> On Sun, 11 Jan 2009, Stephen Carter wrote:
>>> The onr big difference between what you suggest is that I want to
>>> install Ubuntu onto a pre-existing RAID 1 that is already configured
>>> into 4 partitions under Windows XP Pro.
>>    Stephen,
>>    I don't really understand what you mean by "already configured"
>>    As far as I know, soft RAID1 doesn't work on XP, and anyway Windows
>> can't
>>    manage a Linux partition, RAID or not.
> Pierre,
> Sorry I was less than clear.
> My PC has a hardware RAID set up, with two HD units, as a mirrored RAID
> (RAID 1).
> The resulting array is partitioned to give 3 drives: C, D, and E.
> (Previous email was wrong in saying 4 partitions - sorry.  :-( )
> Windows XP Pro is the OS installed on the C drive. D, and E are drives
> for data. There is no unpartitioned space on the array.
>>    What are your 4 partitions? It would be useful to give the
>>    output of "fdisk -l" from the live cd.
> Confession time - I am not sure how I would do this from the Live CD.
> However, what I said in my first email is still the case. Wubi.exe does
> an install but it will not complete the boot into Linux (I gave the
> error messages before). The Live CD will install, but the the C, D, and
> E partitions are available twice, once from each HD unit, and there is
> no sign of the RAID 1 that is actually a hardware RAID facility on the
> mainboard.
> Hope this is a bit clearer now.
> Thanks for your help.
> Peace and all good.
> Stephen Carter
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