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10.4: Install Tiger on improperly set up RAID drive
Authored by: rufo on May 05, '05 09:23:11AM

Eh, my intention wasn't to make you feel worse, although I had a rough morning yesterday and was kind of in a cranky mood, so I may have come off that way. My apologies. :-)

You still could've set the other drive as a single volume RAID and rebuilt the mirror though... in the Tiger installer you can drop to the command line and probably run diutil from there (although I haven't actually seen if it has diutil), and then right from there you can head into Disk Utility, wipe the extra drive and rebuild the mirror.

I still think not having any sort of traditional backup is a Bad Idea though. You can be extremely careful and choosy about what sort of software you run and still lose data due to some freak accident - just look at the one iTunes installer package that erased data on any secondary hard drives that had a space in the name because of two missing quote characters. And it doesn't take a freak accident to cause directory damage, just a misplaced power surge or kernel panic. (I don't trust journaling fully since as I said, one of my biggest directory corruptions came while it was turned on... I do believe it prevents most damage but I'm uncertain of it's real capabilities.)

Still, if you want to run without a Real Backup™, fine by me, and if you happen to have all of your important data on a server somewhere or you just don't care if your data is lost then seriously, that's great - just don't complain if something *does* happen. :-)

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