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Setup gmirror RAID 1 on FreeBSD

We are going to setup RAID 1 on FreeBSD 7.3 using gmirror. gmirror is a software based RAID system. I did this using FreeBSD 7.3 but this works with older versions of FreeBSD as well (i've done it as back as FreeBSD 6.2 . First things first, make sure you have the same hard drive size and if possible the same brand / model.

After installing freebsd but before existing the system installer

press ALT-F4 to be taken to the command prompt
type in csh to get a good shell


Create a mirror/duplex

gmirror label -v -b round-robin gm0 /dev/ad0

That's it, RAID 1 is now setup on the system
Now we tell the system to load it up everytime we boot up.

echo geom_mirror_load="YES" > /boot/loader.conf

make sure fstab uses raid, but first lets make a backup

cp /etc/fstab /etc/fstab.orig
vi /etc/fstab

Insert the word mirror after /dev and change ad to gm.
For example, /dev/ad0s1a becomes /dev/mirror/gm0s1a

double check that you didn't mistype anything or else the system may not boot up.

After that, ALT-F1 to switch back to the install interface. Reboot the machine.

When the system is done rebooting, we add the 2nd drive into the RAID array

gmirror insert gm0 /dev/ad2

To see what's happening with the RAID type in

gmirror list | more

To see the synchronizing status

gmirror status

Once the synchronizing is done, simply reboot and your done setting up RAID on FreeBSD