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Has anyone else seen problems using linux software raid on large (2TB) disks with guid partition tables? We have a CentOS box that loses it during boot, and requires the raid be reassembled. Unfortunately, it's the only box I have with a bunch of 2TB disks, and it needs to go into production.

I would prefer to have a partition table on the disk, to ensure that the block devices are identical in size, especially if drives need to be replaced. Am I being too cautious, and I should simply build the array with the raw devices?

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I really wouldn't recommend using the raw devices, that caused auto-detection issues for us which were fixed by creating one large partition on each drive and building an array using those.

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Try using adding the rootdelay option to your boot arguments. You'll need to play with the values to see what you need without wasting too much time but 5 should be a good start.

Example on my machine:

kernel /xen.gz-2.6.18-128.4.1.el5 rootdelay=5
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Does rootdelay effect all filesystems? In my case, / is fine, and on a separate controller entirely. –  JimB Nov 6 '09 at 19:17
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