RAID10 doen't boot

Dan Naumov dan.naumov at
Tue Mar 2 08:44:19 UTC 2010

>I'd really appreciate it if somebody could help me out!
>I have a box with a MB ASUS P5WDG2-WS Pro with two built-in SATA II RAID controllers
>(Intel ICH7R and Marvell 88SE614x).
>I installed 4 HDD WD WD5002ABYS (500GB each) on the 4 SATA ports of the Intel
>ICH7R and using the Intel Matrix Storage Manager I created a RAID10 (Strip 14KB, Size
>931.5GB, Status Normal, Bootable Yes) out of these 4 HDD.
>Then in the BIOS I set the IDE Configuration to Configure SATA As [RAID], OnBoard
>Serial-ATA BOOTROM [Enabled] and disable the Marvell SATA controller, for I use only
>the Intel ICH7R.
>Then I successfully installed FreeBSD 7.1 on the RAID partition, ar0.
>The installation completed successfully but the system persistently didn't boot and gave this
>error message:
>F1    FreeBSD Default: F1 No /boot/loader FreeBSD/i386 boot Default: 0:ad
>(0,a)/boot/kernel/kernel boot: No /boot/kernel/kernel
>Thanks a lot,

Hello, I know that this probably doesn't help much, but I do recall
reading in several different places that support for Intel firmware
raid in both FreeBSD and Linux is very shaky and limited a best. Is
there any particular reason you want to use it instead of using ZFS or

- Sincerely,
Dan Naumov

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