Wow!That looks really promising. I'm at work right now, but I'll give this a shot when I get home. Thanks for the quick reply, and I'll post back with my successes [or failures].
After having experienced (again) disk failures with my md/raid5 system, I reinstalled my system (openSuse 11.2) on a new 1 TB drive (raid-less).
Now, after having new disks for setting up my md-raid again, I would prefer not to start over again, but to transfer my running system onto these to-be-built md-raid arrays.
I just finished setting up a RAID5 array with 3 new 1.5TB hard drives using mdadm. I spent the last 5 days trying to get the RAID array working. Everything is up and running now except I have not been able to share folders on this drive using Samba. I can share files in my home directory and on my NTFS drive, but not the RAID array. I am trying to access the shares from a Windows Vista PC.
I have a raid 5 array constructed of three partitions, one of which is another array. This array should be assembled during boot so that it can be mounted and other services can access the mounted data.
I have the following problem. I bought a second ssd for my computer and I'm planning to do a RAID-0 array using my motherboard's built-in raid adapter.
On that hard drive I have a windows system and some other partitions apart from Ubuntu.