[CentOS] First Time Setting up RAID

Thu Nov 14 22:57:51 UTC 2013
Mauricio Tavares <raubvogel at gmail.com>

On Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 5:20 PM,  <m.roth at 5-cent.us> wrote:
> James B. Byrne wrote:
>> On Thu, November 14, 2013 12:51, Reindl Harald wrote:
>>> Am 14.11.2013 18:23, schrieb James B. Byrne:
>>>> From what I have read it appears that the system disk must use RAID 1
>>>> if it uses RAID at all.
>> So, this is saying, if I read it aright, that one can have multiple RAID
>> arrays spread over the same spindles but each in differing partitions.  Is
>> that right?
> <snip>

      In principle it is ok. Issue here is making sure you will not
loose stuff if a drive takes a dump. It is easier to have different
drives for different raids because you then can limit the damage. At
leas that is what I was taught in kitty school.

>> BTW, I intend to install CentOS-6.4 with software RAID as the eight disks
>> are mounted in the system chassis.  As far as I can tell, there is no
> hardware

      IMHO software raid is not bad in principle, and the Linux one
(mdadm) supposedly is rather decent. Think this way: you can grab
those drives, slap them into another linux box, and rebuild the array.
I could swear i head a presentation from a Dell engineer they thought
the hardware raid was too slow. Also, this is the proper time to
mention ZFS.

>> RAID controller (unless there is one on the MB, in which case SW Raid is
>> likely a better choice anyway.
> Big question: what manufacturer, and what support chips? Most of our Dells
> have PERC 6xx or 7xx, which is good hardware RAID. We have several boxes
> with the Intel RAID on chip - aka fakeRAID. They are a *pain*, and we had
> them just present unRAIDed drives, and used the very nice to use Linux
> software RAID.
      Isn't the PERC a rebadged LSI?

>        mark
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