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Old 03-31-2011, 10:05 PM   #1
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Dual booting Linux on RAID-0

Ok, let me start by saying I've read here and there about installing Linux on a RAID-0 machine. But I can never find anything easy enough for me to understand or pertaining specifically to my problem.

I currently have Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit loaded in my RAID-0 configuration. I've tried to dual boot into Linux like I have on previous machines, but it takes sooooooo long to do anything and seems to freeze in random places. I heard someone say it is because I'm using RAID-0 so I need to do specific things to be able to dual boot.

My question is how do I do this? I'd like to dual boot my Windows 7 with Mint (or something else of my choosing). Any reference I've found seems to be way above my head in terminology and such. I've dabbled in Linux, but my experience is severely limited.

If anyone has any sources or explanations that are easy to understand for a newbie like me, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Old 04-01-2011, 12:13 AM   #2
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Hope you are using Hardware RAID 0. Software RAID 0 doesn't support duel booting.

If you are using Hardware one, the steps are same because it'll be detected by OS as a Hard disk.
Old 04-01-2011, 07:03 AM   #3
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Basically, if you are using the kind of RAID built into most normal PC motherboards, don't.
These kinds of fake RAID depend entirely on a Windows driver to understand how it work. Most do not support Linux, except some intel/nvidia chipsets.

When you attempt to install Linux, it will either see 2 separate hard drives or it will try to use the dmraid module to provide support. dmraid does not support all chipsets and implementations & the results are either it will work perfectly or it will break somehow.

According to this link. Ubuntu will automatically use dmraid to try supporting the fake RAID (In this case so should Mint). I'm not sure how well Mint/Ubuntu handles dmraid or how much tweaking may be necessary if the automatic way doesn't work, but It's all too much trouble than it's worth, it's finicky & will not be very robust.
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That explains a lot. When looking at MSI's website for the drivers when setting up my RAID I do recall it only listing versions of Windows.

I'll look into a hardware RAID controller. Thanks!


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