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    Handle SAS drives with Ubuntu-based GNU/Linux live distribution

    Hello Guys,
    I have to check and clone 4 SAS drives connected to HBA ARECA (1320 series).

    Unfortunately the live distro that I use has no drive for this controller and therefore the drive is not detected.
    I'm not very familiar with installing drivers in Linux so thank you in advance for any suggestions or help.

    Jojo

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    Re: Handle SAS drives with Ubuntu-based GNU/Linux live distribution

    Welcome.

    https://www.areca.com.tw/support/downloads.html has drivers for any supported Ubuntu release. I suggest you download them and follow instructions. If in doubt please come here and describe the problem.

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    Re: Handle SAS drives with Ubuntu-based GNU/Linux live distribution

    Great, thanks Celtic Warrior.

    I had already taken a look at the instructions at the Areca support but it seemed to me they were referring to an OS installed on the hard disk and not distro live as I have.

    Anyway I will try to double check

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    Re: Handle SAS drives with Ubuntu-based GNU/Linux live distribution

    Quote Originally Posted by jojo2000 View Post
    Great, thanks Celtic Warrior.

    I had already taken a look at the instructions at the Areca support but it seemed to me they were referring to an OS installed on the hard disk and not distro live as I have.

    Anyway I will try to double check
    Just try it. What do you have to lose?

    The "Live Try Ubuntu" environment supports package installation using an overlay file system in RAM. At reboot, anything installed is lost. Of course, there is a limit to what can be installed, due to the available RAM on the system. On any desktop/server computer made the last 15 yrs, I'd be surprised if all the drivers needed caused any issues due to lack of RAM.

    You can use other tools to make USB boot "Try Ubuntu" environments that come with overlay persistent file systems, so installed, upgraded, and settings are maintained. mkusb can do this. Takes about 10 minutes to figure it out.
    Last edited by TheFu; 3 Days Ago at 04:03 PM. Reason: ... due to lack of ram.

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    Re: Handle SAS drives with Ubuntu-based GNU/Linux live distribution

    Just try it. What do you have to lose?

    The "Live Try Ubuntu" environment supports package installation using an overlay file system in RAM. At reboot, anything installed is lost. Of course, there is a limit to what can be installed, due to the available RAM on the system. On any desktop/server computer made the last 15 yrs, I'd be surprised if all the drivers needed caused any issues.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheFu View Post
    You can use other tools to make USB boot "Try Ubuntu" environments that come with overlay persistent file systems, so installed, upgraded, and settings are maintained. mkusb can do this. Takes about 10 minutes to figure it out.
    Ok I'll try "Try Ubuntu" too. I was using Caine a live distro for forensic analysis. I did USB boot with Rufus, that works very well.
    I have to imaging some SAS drives connected to an Areca HBA and unfortunately the drives are not detected.

    I think that I need to install manually the drives of HBA and so far I don't know how. The instructions from the Areca website appear for systems already installed, and not live.

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    Re: Handle SAS drives with Ubuntu-based GNU/Linux live distribution

    You can do a 'full install' to a USB drive that will function exactly as a hard drive install except a little slower. It's also possible to create a live USB with persistence. I'm not sure which would work better for your purposes. Here are directions on creating a full install on a USB:

    https://askubuntu.com/questions/1217...e-step-by-step

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    Re: Handle SAS drives with Ubuntu-based GNU/Linux live distribution

    In the end I chose the installation of Ubuntu to a hdd.

    Based on the information provided by Areca Support (see attachment), sadly I was unable to detect the drive connected to the HBA controller.
    While executing those commands I do not get any errors, it seems that everything is successful.

    But if I give the "fdisk -l" command I don't see the drive listed, while with the "lspci" command I see the ARECA controller, so the card is detected.
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