February 23rd, 2013, 04:33 PM
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I purposely left the physical drive out of the server until the initial install had been completed and I was ready to build the array. Before I installed it, I booted with a live CD and wiped any partitions and the MBR so I was working from a clean slate. It's when I copied the partition table from the active device (in this case /dev/sda to /dev/sdb) that the fun began. The first time before there had been a RAID array on either of the devices, everything worked fine. After subsequent installs /dev/sdb would always show as busy even though it wasn't mounted.
I guess I should zero out the superblock on /dev/sda before copying the partition table since I'm going to be building a new array anyway. I'll have to give that a try later this week.