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I am a Ubuntu Server newbie and an amateur, more like a newbie, with Ubuntu Desktop. So FYI... Sorry for any potential redundancy, but most of the formation I have found is to setup RAID on a fresh install.

I set up Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS on a 500 GB drive. I plan to utilize this drive for the to boot the Ubuntu file system, programs etc. I also have two 2 TB WD Red drives that I would like to use for the data. I have found this in order to mount and format a new drive. Although it is for 9.04 is it still relevant? Is EXT 4 a good idea if the client accessing the server is Windows?

If the core of the tutorial is still relevant, once that is done I need some guidance on setting up the two drive in a RAID 1 format.

Ultimately the server is going to be a simple file server with MySQL in order to run a database for a CAD program in Windows.

I am open to any tutorials or guidance that can be provided, thank you in advance.

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Setting up RAID1 device is quite simple:

  • create partitions for RAID on 2TB HDDs
  • assemble md0 device
  • mount assembled /dev/md0 device

You can find step-by-step instructions here: How can I add a RAID 1 array in Ubuntu 10.04?.

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Thoughts on EXT 3 or 4 with use with a windows client? – LandArch Feb 21 '13 at 16:17
Ext4 is the successor for Ext3. So, If you have no good reason for using Ext3 - always use Ext4. – nab Feb 21 '13 at 19:06
I followed the tutorial verbatim and everything seems to work, when reboot it will not mount the files folder and need to skip it to proceed. – LandArch Feb 22 '13 at 1:51
Boot the system. Check RAID status cat /proc/mdstat. Try to mount /dev/md0. Check /etc/mdadm.conf – nab Feb 22 '13 at 8:28
nab. Thank you so much. It mounted on boot. Even though I specified md0 during the process, the drive was actually assigned md127. – LandArch Feb 22 '13 at 13:05

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