Thanks for your help Joel!

Since I haven't bought the disks yet, what would your thoughts be on using SCSI instead of SATA?  I remember somebody on the forum (perhaps it was you) telling me that Ultra320 was much faster that SATA.

If I decide to use SCSI, which medium end (as per price) Ultra320 RAID 0 adapter you for sure works with SuSE 9.1?

Regards from Lima, Perú!
Ricardo R Palma

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Joel Wiramu Pauling <>

07/05/2004 04:37 PM

Re: [suse-amd64] Tyan K8W 2885, SuSE 9.1, GRUB, SATA, RAID 0 and        WinXP

Hi There,

You will need a seperate non-raided partition for boot. I.e a 200MB slice of /dev/hda

Also for swap you need a non-raided partition. Again slice either 200mb of /dev/hda or /dev/hdc

Dual booting isn't an issue nor is grub. However, if you want to use raid in windows you are probably out of luck. From my knowledge the driver for the software raid depends on having the entiredisc allocated to a volume group through the  raid "BIOS" utility.

If however you can specify to the windows driver to use partitions then it's as easy as leaving free space after you've created the linux software raid and boot paritions.

Kind regards


On Tue, 2004-07-06 at 09:27, wrote:

Hello all,

>From previous postings, I've learned that it's possible to have RAID 0 and
SATA on a Tyan Thunder K8W with the included Silicon Image RAID
Accelerator (although in a manner similar to software RAID).

However, I still have some questions before I start assembling my system
(the parts are coming in :-) ).

- Will I be able to use GRUB, or should I stick with LILO?
- I need to dual boot between Linux, and unfortunately, Win XP.  Can I
have GRUB (or LILO) set up, and RAID 0, for both operating systems
(obviously, on different partitions)?
- Can I boot Linux from /boot on a RAID 0 partition?  I'm currently doing
this with SuSE 9 on Intel (32 bits), but have to use LILO....

Thank you VERY MUCH for your help and expertise.


Ricardo R Palma

Tel.     (+51 1) 275-7523, 275-4708