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Re: [novalug] Re: [dclug] RAID board and Red Hat/SuSE

HI Maxwell,

        Your solution seems to be an excellent one, but
It is far beyond my capabilities. I wouldn't know how
to remove the RAID drivers and turn it into a dumb
ATA card. Wouldn't such a move make the ATA/100
card irrelevant and put me back to a simple 2 channel IDE
Primary/Secondary situation? Does Red Hat 8 (2.4.18-19)
(I think that is Mr. Ball's version) provide for RAID 1 in software?

        I did as you suggested and checked out the 3Ware
RAID cards. The 4 drive solution is $300. I'm currently
100% disabled and unable to work, so even if they do
work with Windows and LINUX, I don't think I can afford
one right now.

        Thanks for your generous ideas,

John Leo

On Thu, 24 Apr 2003 23:16:17 -0400 (EDT) Maxwell Spangler
<maxwax speakeasy net> writes:
> On Thu, 24 Apr 2003 j a leo juno com wrote:
> > HI Folks,
> > 
> >         I have just learned from Promise Technologies that
> > my RAID 1 (mirror) card will only work with Red Hat
> > 7.3 (kernel 2.4.18-3) or 8.0 (kernel 2.4.18-14). How
> > can I tell what version of LINUX I am trying to install
> > at the boot command line? How do I get either of these
> > two very specific LINUX builds? Apparently, no other
> > Red Hat builds will work with the Promise drivers.
> If this is a Promise FasTrak card, it's basically a simple ATA card 
> with some 
> additional smarts to do mirroring.  Even if you can't get a driver 
> to make the 
> chip do mirroring, you can still use this as a normal ATA card and 
> use Linux 
> software RAID to do whatever type of RAID you'd like.  You might 
> even be 
> happier with the performance and control of software RAID.
> For the record, I've heard nothing but good things about the 
> smarter, more 
> capable and more expensive 3Ware brand cards which do all sorts of 
> neat stuff 
> and have full Linux support.
> -- 
> Maxwell Spangler                                                
> Program Writer                                              
> Greenbelt, Maryland, U.S.A.                         
> Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area 
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