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When it comes to partitioning, the drives are recognized as two individual drives and not a single RAID1 drive. I have tried to use the Dell provided drivers and they do not seem to work.
Is there a manual somewhere that will help me sort through this? You need to put the drives into RAID 1 in hardware. If this is done Linux will never see two drives as only one effectively exists. If you do not want to use hardware RAID but want to use software RAID, which is what you are indicating with the mention of drivers, then you cannot do this with software from Dell but do it natively from within the Linux installation process itself.
The md tools do a marvelous job of software RAID. The driver is just so that the Linux Kernel can use the controler. The driver is most likely already in the kernel if the drives show up without you loading the driver.
If the controler is hardware, then as Scott said you just have to configure it. Fortunately, I have an older system with a Linux-compatible card that will work well. Seriously, it is really, really good and lots of big businesses use it. There is no reason not to. Usually I am more careful, so I was surprised by this as well. I defend Dell against the criticism of my peers, but even with the cost savings I found this to be a disappointment.
Don't skip on the research up-front I have used most if not all of these in Linux environments. I recently found out about the software based raid cards dell is selling as raid solutions too.
I am still a dell guy however. I just avoid them like the plague as software raid should be handled by the OS and not a 'card'. I still think dell sell decent hardware at a decent price and the warranty is pretty solid; no questions about a receipt.
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Crazyn3wf Feb 13, at UTC. Check this link for a list of some of the controlers dell has. Jake - voipcitadel. Tom Yerex wrote: Usually I am more careful, so I was surprised by this as well. This topic has been locked by an administrator and is no longer open for commenting.
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