View Full Version : Dual booting Linux and Windows XP on a SATA RAID 0 Array.

17-12-2004, 06:51 PM
I'm a Linux newbie- I've installed it ages ago on an old computer to mess around with. Anyway, I now wish to dual boot Linux Mandrake 10.0 with Windows XP Professional (SP2.)

Here's the problem. I have 2 Seagate Barracudas (200GB, 7200RPM, 8MB cache) in SATA RAID 0. My motherboard is a
MSI K8N Neo Platinum and the RAID controller is whatever the one NForce 3 uses, nvRaid I believe. I want to make another partition, say, 25GB, and load Linux Mandrake onto that. To partition I have a copy of PartitionMagic 8.0.

However, I have read that Linux support of fake raid is very poor, so I've decided to ask here how I can install Linux and get it working with SATA RAID without destroying all my data. (20GB of irreplaceable files- I really need an external HDD for backups.) I assume I will need drivers, as the Windows install needed them to see the drives. Are there drivers I can use or something? I do not want to do anything that will affect my Windows partition. Guides to dual booting Windows and Linux on SATA RAID 0? Any help will be much appreciated, thanks.

Murray P
17-12-2004, 07:18 PM
I've not had any experience of SATA raid but, I'd be inclined to get a smallish HDD and hook it up to your ATA interface. Leave your Windows stuff alone if you have stuff that you can't afford to lose, a cheap HDD will be good value.

From there you might want to check out boot loaders.

17-12-2004, 08:02 PM
I agree, even a small 100mb PATA HDD would suffice for something like Fedora.

Basically if you throw your /boot partition onto the IDE HDD you shouldnt have worries.

I would be inclined to use Gentoo, as you'll learn a lot, and the support is out of this world! You'll be compiling your own kernel (If you want) so you know you'll have support for your hardware, and no extra bloat.