I've created a USB boot disk that is used to clone itself onto the systems hard 
drives, setting up mirrored file systems in the process. The main difficulty 
I'm having is reimaging a system with an existing OS whose drives are already 
configured in a mirror. I want of course to destroy the mirror and create a 
complete new one, but I can't find the right process to accomplish this 
reliably. I am doing the following: 

# Cycle through each /dev/adNN drive and clean it. This has to be 
# done before the geom_mirror driver is loaded. 
disks=(`ls /dev/ad* | grep -v "s" | sed -e "s|/dev/||" -e "s|ad||" | sort -g`) 
for ((i = 0 ; i < ${#dis...@]} ; i++)); do 
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/${disk} bs=512 count=79 

# Partition the drives as needed 

# Create the mirror, starting with the first drive in the list 
gmirror load 
gmirror label -v -n -b round-robin gm0 ${gmdisk}s1 

This is where the problem occurs. If there was already a mirrored file system 
previously active on the system being reimaged, the label operation complains 
that it can't store the metadata on the indicated drive: 

gmirror: Can't store metadata on ad4s1: Operation not permitted. 

If I make sure the existing mirrors are torn down first by iterating through 
the drives and doing a "remove" operation, this can solve the problem, but in 
some cases the mirror is in a suspect state and I've seen the "gmirror load" 
command hang idefiinitely. So I don't want to do a load command before I 
destroy the old mirrors, but I can't seem to find a way to reliably destroy the 
old mirrors. Can anyone suggest a way to do this? 

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