I have my media in server(LMCE 810) volumes and I would like to keep it that way but I'd like to access them through XBMC as well. Can this be done?
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Firstly, if you use LinuxMCE 0810 beta instead of 0710 you probably won't have an issue.
I was contemplating to use 810 but the beta word held me back since I didn't want to complicate my matters even further. I will try it.
Your problem likely is that the 0710 kernel doesn't have a driver for that RAID chipset. You could disable the RAID hardware completely and allow the motherboard to see the SATA drives directly. Or you could try the CD install method to install Kubuntu 0710 first by manually adding drivers for that kernel (if they exist). But you are better off just using 0810 instead.
BTW, partitions and filesystems are irrelevant with the DVD install, it just blows away the partitions and creates its own.
Thanks. I should have realized it!
I don't understand what you mean by the first disk in the RAID is one partition and the others are other partitions. You don't get to choose that with RAID, that's the point. The RAID controller aggregates the disks into 1 "virtual" disk, which you can then partition how you like, but you don't see the individual disks so you can't assign a particular one to be something specific. You can configure the RAID system to have several RAID containers across different disks, so that you can choose to place a partition on a particular set of disks, but if you did that for a single (first) disk, then it wouldn't be a RAID array at all, thus pointless.
I am new to RAIDs. I bought this specifically for MCE in E-bay for $82. Array Controller Utility gave me the option to turn off 3 disks and just partition 1 disk (primary-RAID 0) and I went back in and added other 3 as a logical volume as RAID5. I have to learn a lot but I will do it.
A RAID 0 or 1 requires at least 2 disks (and RAID 1 requires an even number of disks), RAID 5 requires at least 3 disks. Personally, I would recommend you keep your media on a separate device like a NAS, in which case the need for RAID at all on your core is fairly low..;.
Using a NAS was/is a consideration. Now I am going for it once I get CORE running. Thank you very much for your input. I learned today.