Hi. I have a total of 3 hard drives (all identical) and a highpoint raid card. I would like to install linux (and likely windows too in a dual boot) on my system. My question is how should i go about doing this.
Here are the setbacks and condtions I would like to satisfy if possible (unless someone knows of a way around this)
1. Only certain linux drivers are available for my raid (redhat up to 9, suse up to 8.2, bsd and some others -- always about a year or two behind). I dont know enough about programming to edit the open source one or anything cool like that
When I installed suse 9 recently (and 8.2 for that matter) it seems my raid is supported right from the install -- no extra work on my part.
2. I would probably be most interested in a fedora core 2 or suse 9.1 install but would consider a few select others.
3. I have some files that I want safe from possible deletion -- pictures, videos, etc that both windows and linux should be able to access -- fat32 most likely here. I would also keep a copy of these files on my linux system -- the linux system would be where i used the files, the fat would be for safety
----- note, when i say linux system, i am referring to the raided drive -----
Here is where i need the most help, though. Say I wanted to do a raid 0 with the linux system with two of my disks and put the windows on the other disk. also on the windows disk, i would have another partition (fat) for my files. I would want the boot loader on the windows disk because from my past experience, i have a easier time when booting from a hard drive rather than my raid. What parts of the linux system have to be on the windows disk (booting disk). when i have tried to assemble this system in the past, it does the initial boot into linux fine, but after that i cannot boot the linux, only windows (i made a mount for windows during install). For example, should i put the /boot directory or the swap or what?
I hope my question came out somewhere in there. if you have any ideas what i could do, shout out. if you have questions, feel free to ask.