Error: "Booting failed, sleeping forever" when booting from software raid in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

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  • Installed a RHEL 6. 0 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation release 6.0 (Santiago)) on Dell T3400 system.  Did a backup with dump of both partitions /boot and / and restored this into identical Dell T3400 workstation. When system boots, following error was received:

         dracut Autoassembling MD Raid
         No root device found
         Booting Failed Sleeping forever


  • Dell T3400

  • SATA Disks

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0
  • dracut-004-32.el6.noarch
  • Software RAID 1 set up:           */dev/md0 -> /dev/sda1 and /dev/sdb1 mounted as /boot (100MB)

           */dev/md1 -> /dev/sda2 and /dev/sdb2 mounted as root

           */dev/sda3 and /dev/sdb3 as swap partitions.

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