----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Johan Paul" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Wednesday, July 02, 2003 12:17 PM
Subject: Re: Using a RAID-card with FreeBSD

> > Yes, the RAIDing is completely transparent to the OS. You don't even
> > have to reboot the machine if the disks are hot-swappable. Just pull the
> > dead one out, install the new one, and the controller will bring it up
> > to speed. RAID-1 is much faster to rebuild than RAID-5 (just a casual
> > observation; I'm not sure if that's a hard-and-fast rule).
> I just wanted to let you all know that I succesfully installed FreeBSD
> 4.8R with Promise FastTrak TX2 on a RAID1 using two IDE drives. Works
> like a charm all the way from installation! FreeBSD sees the RAID1
> arrays as "ar0" and tells me that the two disks are 'READY' :)
> It's so nice to know that it actually works and one can be much more
> safe now than with software RAID... And the card wasn't even expensive.
> I just have to say that I had my doubts in the beginning, but luckely
> they were in vain!

It works equally well with Adaptec hardware raid with 5 SCSI drives in a
Raid 5 configuration. Gotta love FreeBSD. Although, not everyone needs raid
5, but it's nice to know that it works and works well.


Micheal Patterson
TSG Network Administration

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