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Error: "No operating system" after formating the raid 1 / partition as ext3.

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10


There are times when it is desirable to setup the / partition as a software raid1 partition. This would allow for mirroring of the / partition so that if one drive failed you could boot using the mirrored drive. However, a defect was found when formatting that raid1 / partition as ext3. For some reason when the raid1 partition is formatted as ext3, the initial reboot of the installed OS fails. The following error is observed:

booting from local disk..
No operating system



If you format the raid1 / partition as reiser rather than ext3 you shouldn't run into this problem.


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  • Document ID:3099959
  • Creation Date:30-APR-07
  • Modified Date:27-APR-12
    • SUSESUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
      SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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