Randy Schmidt on 20 Sep 2006 13:01:15 -0000

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[PLUG] Ubuntu + RAID5

Hi all:

I am currently putting together a RAID5 with 4 300 gig disks. I
installed everything, created the raid in the RAID card bios, zeroed
it out, compiled the drivers in ubuntu 6.06, inserted the module, and
created a partition that was the whole drive (900 gigs). Here are some
issues I am having:

1. I go to create the filesystem with "sudo mkfs.ext2 -j /dev/sdb1"
and it starts to write the inode tables like normal, but it takes
forever! it got about 1/6 of the way through in ~24 hours. I didn't
think this was normal since it takes approximately 5 minutes for a 300
gig drive. The machine it is on is a P4 2.4 ghz processor with 1 gig
of ram.

2. When I "sudo insmod hpt374.ko" to insert the module, it works, but
when I restart it isn't there. There has to be a way that I insert it
permanently but I haven't figured it out. Does anybody know?

3. Should I use a different filesystem then ext3? I was thinking about
using XFS but I don't really have a reason for switching unless
someone can give me one.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!
Randy Schmidt
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