Installing freeBSD on an Intel RAID5 partition

Vince jhary at
Wed Oct 10 02:58:20 PDT 2007

Sounds like you have one of those 'fake' raid controllers
( ), where its software raid with
a hook into the bios so its bootable, while the work is done in
software. This isnt supported by Freebsd (the fake raid 1 is supported
by the ataraid driver for many chipsets though.) I dont know of any work
to get it supported, although if you want software RAID5 gvinum supports
it (and thats actively worked on.)


nodje wrote:
> I couldn't find any answer to the question.The problem is that the installer
> shows up all the disks instead of proposing to install somewhere on the
> RAID5 partition, in other words, it just doesn't recognize the RAID5.
> Is it possible at all to install freeBSD on one of those RAID??
> I've found out that this is also a problem with the few linux distros I've
> tried. I've heard it was possible now but I'm a little bit surprised by the
> slow adoption I must say.
> I've been using those Intel RAID with Windows for a couple of years now and
> it really helped solve my backup problem.
> I think this is simply great, no worries of data loss anymore (at least
> coming from hardware failure).
> -nodje
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