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Debian Raid 0 Server

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I'm trying to build a Debian fileserver from an old AMD athlon machine. I have the Debian operating system running on a 160GB harddrive that is connected via Sata to the motherboard. I believe everything to be good thus far.

Next I added a 3ware 9650SE controller and 2 WD 1TB Drives (2TB Total). Not really sure how to proceed at this point. Should I partition the two Raid drives as 1 or 2 partitions (I intend to use them as one big Raid0 drive for reading and writing for the speed that RAID0 offers...No backup is needed)?

What type of file system should I use after drives are partitioned? fdisk -l currently lists the two raid drives as /dev/sda.

root@Picture-Server:/home/brent# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sdb: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes

255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders, total 312581808 sectors

Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes

Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Disk identifier: 0x000ad6e8

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System

/dev/sdb1 * 2048 684031 340992 83 Linux

/dev/sdb2 686078 312580095 155947009 5 Extended

/dev/sdb5 686080 18262015 8787968 83 Linux

/dev/sdb6 18264064 24121343 2928640 83 Linux

/dev/sdb7 24123392 28313599 2095104 82 Linux swap / Solaris

/dev/sdb8 28315648 29093887 389120 83 Linux

/dev/sdb9 29095936 312580095 141742080 83 Linux

Disk /dev/sda: 2000.0 GB, 1999978364928 bytes

255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 243150 cylinders, total 3906207744 sectors

Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes

Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Disk /dev/sda doesn't contain a valid partition table

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root@Picture-Server:/home/brent# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sdb: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes

255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders, total 312581808 sectors

Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes

Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Disk identifier: 0x000ad6e8

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System

/dev/sdb1 * 2048 684031 340992 83 Linux

/dev/sdb2 686078 312580095 155947009 5 Extended

/dev/sdb5 686080 18262015 8787968 83 Linux

/dev/sdb6 18264064 24121343 2928640 83 Linux

/dev/sdb7 24123392 28313599 2095104 82 Linux swap / Solaris

/dev/sdb8 28315648 29093887 389120 83 Linux

/dev/sdb9 29095936 312580095 141742080 83 Linux

Disk /dev/sda: 2000.0 GB, 1999978364928 bytes

255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 243150 cylinders, total 3906207744 sectors

Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes

Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Disk /dev/sda doesn't contain a valid partition table

Partitioned the /dev/sda/ as one partition.

root@Picture-Server:/home/brent# fdisk /dev/sda

Command (m for help): n

Partition type:

p primary (0 primary, 0 extended, 4 free)

e extended

Select (default p): p

Partition number (1-4, default 1): 1

First sector (2048-3906207743, default 2048):

Using default value 2048

Last sector, +sectors or +size{K,M,G} (2048-3906207743, default 3906207743):

Using default value 3906207743

Command (m for help): t

Selected partition 1

Hex code (type L to list codes): 83

Command (m for help): w

The partition table has been altered!

Calling ioctl() to re-read partition table.

Syncing disks.

Formatted /dev/sda1

root@Picture-Server:/home/brent# mke2fs -j /dev/sda

mke2fs 1.42.5 (29-Jul-2012)

/dev/sda is entire device, not just one partition!

Proceed anyway? (y,n) n

root@Picture-Server:/home/brent# mke2fs -j /dev/sda1

mke2fs 1.42.5 (29-Jul-2012)

Filesystem label=

OS type: Linux

Block size=4096 (log=2)

Fragment size=4096 (log=2)

Stride=0 blocks, Stripe width=0 blocks

122068992 inodes, 488275712 blocks

24413785 blocks (5.00%) reserved for the super user

First data block=0

Maximum filesystem blocks=4294967296

14901 block groups

32768 blocks per group, 32768 fragments per group

8192 inodes per group

Superblock backups stored on blocks:

32768, 98304, 163840, 229376, 294912, 819200, 884736, 1605632, 2654208,

4096000, 7962624, 11239424, 20480000, 23887872, 71663616, 78675968,

102400000, 214990848

Allocating group tables: done

Writing inode tables: done

Creating journal (32768 blocks): done

Writing superblocks and filesystem accounting information: done

And finally mounted the device

root@Picture-Server:/home/brent# mount /dev/sda1 /raid

Is there anything I could do differently here?

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