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Old 12-20-2005, 05:58 PM   #1
TimBee
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SuSe 10 + GRUB + RAID1 questions


Hello,

My current setup:

nForce3 equipped motherboard with 2 SATA HDD's running in RAID1 (mirroring) using onboard (soft?) nForce3 RAID controller. Windows XP is installed on this drive (C:-drive in XP)

One single PATA drive intented for my SuSe 10 install (G:-drive when running XP).

When I start the SuSe 10 install SuSe tells me that it found two HDD's (SDA and SDB) which are part of a software RAID. Installing SuSe on these drives will destroy all data on the drives.

No problem for me I guess because I'm planning to install linux on the detected HDA (my single PATA) drive.

SuSe suggests to put the GRUB bootloader on a partition on de HDA drive (HDA3 i think), and since it treats my RAID1 as two individual drives (SDA and SDB) it will mount these drives as Windows1 and Windows2...

My Questions:

- Will I still be able to boot my WinXP from within GRUB? And which entry will I need to select to boot WinXP? Windows1 or Windows2?

- Will SuSe damage my RAID1 when it mounts and treats the two drives ad seperate drives? I guess they will no longer be a mirror when I write a file from within SuSe to either SDA or SDB?

- Is there a way to let SuSe handle these two drives as a ONE drive (RAID1), like WinXP does?

Thanks for your answers!

Tim.
 
Old 12-21-2005, 06:52 AM   #2
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Since I'm new to Linux, and new to this website... could it be that I've posted my question in the wrong forum-group?
 
Old 12-21-2005, 07:45 AM   #3
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1. As I know, Grub is unable to boot a raid ntfs partition.
2. You should not try to write a ntfs partition.
3. If you want to use a Raid for Linux: it will work.
 
Old 12-21-2005, 08:01 AM   #4
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Ouch! That's very bad news for me... Will LILO be able to boot NTFS partitions?

If LILO is also unable to boot WinXP/NTFS I guess my only option is to convert the NTFS partition to FAT32 using Partition Magic?
 
Old 12-21-2005, 01:11 PM   #5
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But it is possible to use the windows xp bootloader to boot grub.
 
Old 12-22-2005, 07:23 AM   #6
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Is it possible to move this thread to "Linux general"? Since some of my questions are general linux questions and I need an answer to them before I start my Linux adventure: don't wan't to loose any data.
 
  


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