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Old 01-21-2002, 09:21 AM   #1
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Linux and Windows 2000 Pro - Partitions

Here's what I want to do. What I want to know is, is this possible? I have a 60GB HD and a 20GB HD. I want to partition my 60 into 3 partitions, a Primary to boot W2K, a secondary to boot Linux, and a third "dynamic" volume. The 20GB would then also have a "dynamic" volume and I would do software RAID on those in W2K. Anyone know if this would work? I know I could achieve this with 3 HD's, but I'd like to save the money if possible. Thanks!
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never thought of setting it up that way. your best bet is to read up on raid... lots of online documents out there. sorry i couldn't be of much more help.

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Before you start, just keep in mind that for some strange reason w2k will not install on very large disks. I had the same problem with a 30GB disk. I don't know whether there are a restriction set by Microsoft to buy w2k server edition when you want to install it on a large HD. Just a thought...
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in theory, that should work (on the linux side). but remember, linux probably can't read the dynamic volumes.
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Yeah - I only need the RAID drive in W2K. Thanks for the info - I will post here how it turns out.
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Will not work... In order for win2k to do software RAID, it requires that the drive be dynamic, volumes reside on a dynomic or basic drive. Linux will not read dynamic drives and win2k will not boot off of a SW RAID, in short the only way for this to work is.. 3 drives, and I am not sure on this part but, I do beleive that if you have a 60G and a 20G in the same raid, I do not think win2k will allow you to access the other 40G of the drive being that the drive is part of a RAID. and my .02 on this topic--- from my experience it is not work it. The system resources used to do the SW RAID will kill any performance that you might gain from the additional drives. If you want to do RAID go buy a hypoint controller, either integrated on MOBO or as a PCI card, and run ATA100 RAID. Again, even with the HW solution, I do beleive that is you do a 20 and a 60 in a RAID, the other 40G will be unusable.

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Ok, well, thanks for the info on the dynamic drive stuff. I hate to break it to you, but the SW RAID doesn't eat up all the system resources. I know that it's not a perfect source, but you could refer to in regards to the performance of SW RAID - pretty darn good if you ask me. Again, thanks for the info.


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