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1. Introduction

1.1 Acknowledgements

The essence of the information I've put together here was originally provided by Harald Nordgård-Hansen <> and posted to the raid mail list in a lilo.conf file with commentary by Martin Bene <>. Many thanks for your contribution. I've tried to put this information and the helpful work of many others who contribute to the raid mail list and linux raid project into a COOKBOOK form, including many examples from real systems so that bootable root raid is easy to set up and understand. One section is devoted to the conversion of a standard single drive system to RAID. The key to the conversion, in my humble opinion, is the understanding of bootable root raid.

1.2 Bugs

Yes, I'm sure there are some. If you'd be good enough to report them, I will correct the document. ;-)

1.3 Copyright Notice

This document is GNU copyleft by Michael Robinton

Permission to use, copy, distribute this document for any purpose is hereby granted, provided that the author's / editor's name and this notice appear in all copies and/or supporting documents; and that an unmodified version of this document is made freely available. This document is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY, either expressed or implied. While every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information documented herein, the author / editor / maintainer assumes NO RESPONSIBILITY for any errors, or for any damages, direct or consequential, as a result of the use of the information documented herein.

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