Re: Generic Disk Driver in Linux
From: Greg Freemyer
Date: Fri Aug 25 2006 - 14:17:20 EST
On 8/25/06, Aleksey Gorelov <dared1st@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
--- Helge Hafting <helge.hafting@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Aleksey Gorelov wrote:
> >> From: linux-kernel-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> >> [mailto:linux-kernel-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jan Engelhardt
> >>> I was curious that can we develop a generic disk driver that could
> >>> handle all the kinds of hard drives - IDE, SCSI, RAID et al?
> >> ide_generic
> >> sd_mod
> >> All there, what more do you want?
> > Unfortunately, not _all_. DMRAID does not support all fake raids yet. Moreover, there is
> > some gap for bleeding edge hw support.
> Nobody will want to use bleeding edge hardware with an int13 driver,
> because the performance will necessarily be much worse than using more
> moderate hardware with the generic IDE driver.
If some one wants Linux server - I totally agree. I would probably even avoid relying purely on
generic IDE and instead use chipset specific variant or libata.
But if someone wants to access already installed & working other OS stuff - that's a different
story. Bad performance is still better than no support at all.
I'll add a vote for this. Not sure if the user base is large enough
to justify it being added to the mainline kernel, but Computer
Forensic professionals often need to image computers with Raid setups.
(image == dd copy of logical volume)
For many configurations, the current choices are sub-optimal. It
would be nice to have a boot disk that could capture any and all raid
FYI: There are already many linux boot CDs that specifically target
Computer Forensics tasks, so there is a bigger user community than
many might assume. Examples incude SPADA (law enforcement only),
smart, Farmer Dude's boot cd, FCCU GNU/Linux Forensic Boot CD, Helix,
All of the above would benefit from a generic, but slow raid driver.
For this use it would be great if both real raid and fake raid were
supported. Not sure if fake raid comes with int13 support or not.
The Norcross Group
Forensics for the 21st Century
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