Reconstructing RAID-0 to RAID-10 using omconfig

Jim Nelson jim.nelson at
Thu Jun 7 16:25:29 CDT 2007

John Buttery wrote:
> * On Thursday 07 June 2007 14:04, John Buttery 
> <johnb+linuxpoweredge at> wrote:
>>  I have a one-disk RAID-0 array and three identical blank disks.  I
>> want to put the three new disks into the controller (PERC 4/Di) and
>> reconstruct the array into a RAID-10.  My questions are:
> [snip]
>   As an alternative, assuming omconfig doesn't work for some reason and 
> dellmgr doesn't have the (unpleasant) alternative 
> would be to brute-force copy everything off the host, rebuild the array 
> from scratch, and copy everything back.  Sorry if this is a bit 
> off-topic, but does this look like a good synchronization command?
> rsync -a --hard-links --sparse / /external_backup/tempfs
>   The restore command would be the same arguments, but the directories 
> reversed:
> rsync -a --hard-links --sparse /external/backup/tempfs/ /
>   (Note the absence and presence of the / after tempfs, which I believe 
> is significant to rsync.)
>   I'm also open to other solutions using tools other than rsync (tar, 
> perhaps?).  The basic idea is that I want the filesystem to look 
> exactly the way it did before the copy.

You'll want to do the restore on a separate OS - using a recovery CD or Knoppix 
or whatnot, if you're rebuilding your root fs.

It would be easier to do the initial rsync from a separate OS as well - that 
way, there's no weirdness with /sys or /proc - or dealing with device files.

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