I've got an old Intel D510MO Motherboard. I would like to use build myself a mini NAS (RAID level 1). The Problem is it only has 2 SATA Ports and I would like use, at least, 3 TB Disks. From my understanding it should be possible to put the
/boot partition on an USB drive and BIOS boot to the USB drive and from there on load the
/ filesystem from the disks. GRUB must be installed on the USB drive.
A second question, with all the fuzz about 4k sectors and alignment, is there anything I can/must do in the installer or are the partitions going to be aligned automatically? I'm going to use the latest Ubuntu server 12.04 LTS version.
Third and last question, RAID stripe size, should I investigate further or just live with the defaults?