[CentOS] Re: Installation problem, possibly RAID

Bryan J. Smith b.j.smith at ieee.org
Sun Sep 11 18:34:24 UTC 2005

On Sun, 2005-09-11 at 13:06 -0500, Les Mikesell wrote:
> He's talking about finding the root partition here.  At that
> point you have the kernel and initrd loaded and no longer
> need bios.  Assume you have /boot on a partition that
> bios understands and want to be able to arbitrarily move
> the drive that holds the / partition around.  Won't
> labels, LVM identifiers and even md devices be found
> and assembled correctly from anywhere at this stage?

If the disk order does not change in the BIOS, yes.
But if the disk order changes in the BIOS, no.
That's typically the problem.

In reality, it's _also_ a problem for NT-based Windows too.
Many people have only used DOS-based (9x/Me) Windows which can use BIOS
Disk Services (aka "Using Compatibility Mode").

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