Dual-booting on an existing WinXP Raid 1 array??
I'm a died-in the wool windows man who believes he should probably be using Linux to get a more stable and secure system, so keen to try Fedora Core.
Went out and bought Fedora Linux 2 Bible by Christopher Negus today - seems like a great book with lots of detail - but didn't answer my question on whether the installation will recognise and deal with my hardware set-up.
I want to install FC as my second OS onto an existing Windows XP installation - so I need a dual-boot system to get me the confidence I need before switching over completely to Linux.
The problem is I have built my computer around a pair of 120GB IDA hard drives operating as a Mirror RAID array (raid type 1). This operates under the motherboard functionality on my Gigabyte GA-7VAXP Ultra, which uses the Promise chipset (20276).
My question is - Is it possible to install FC2 onto my system to give me a dual-boot system which uses a mirror raid array regardless of which OS I happen to be in? This would be like having one large hard disc system divided into four, with the bottom two halves acting as a Windows XP mirror and the top two operating as a mirror under Linux.
Under XP, installing the Promise Raid driver software has the side effect that other programs can't see any drives. Even during XP boot-up, the BIOS reports that I have no drives connected (but this doen't matter under Windows as the RAID driver software then kicks in).
When planning my FC install, I know that I need to re-partition my Windows system to make space for my Linux install, but when I try to do this, the utilities I've tried can't see the disc drives.
I downloaded the 'Linux Rescue CD' which I saw referenced on the 'ntfsresize' documentation. This is an 'iso' image that allowed me to get to a Live Linux command prompt. When I run 'qparted', or when I run 'fdisk' under this Live Linux, neither of them can see my discs or array.
So, if I cannot re-partition my raid array, I'll not be able to install FC2 - is that correct?
thanks in advance if you can help