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I guessed your motherboard disk interface is too new that Windows 7 installation source don't have driver to support it. Please download the Gigabyte motherboard Windows 7 Preinstall driver from web (depend on model), during Windows 7 installation when you see the disk un-allocated, click "Load Driver" select the download driver path (e.g. USB path). Once ...


The issue is resolved. I was advised to perform mdadm -E on all drives. It revealed that, now that the array was force-reassembled, all but one of the drives had an array-status of AAAAAA. /dev/sde had its status stuck on AA.... (two active, four inactive) and that indicated some sort of anomaly. I reassembled the drives, without --force, omitting /dev/sde ...


If You want to know capability to build hardware array. You can use lspci to view list of PCI controllers, determine type of disk controllers and for specs and manuals for it. UPD. Examples 1. # lspci |grep -iE "sata|sas|scsi|ide|disk" 00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) IDE Controller (rev 02) 06:00.0 RAID bus controller: LSI ...


If /proc/mdstat exists you have the capability to set up software raid - although if it does not have anything meaningful it means you have not set it up. Software RAID under Linux does not require any particular hardware [ you could argue the ability to support 2 drives, but even thats debatable if you consider USB]

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