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Old 09-04-2009, 05:47 PM   #1
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Raid0, Mint 7, and Windows 7

I currently have windows running on a raid0 setup via my onboard raid controller across two drives, i suppose you would call this a software raid?

My big issue is with installing Linux Mint, as it does not see the raid drives as one collective drive, but as each drive in the raid, I am slightly lost as to where to install the boot loader.

would it go into the first drive of the raid setup? Or do i need to get linux to recognise the raid and then install?

During the setup Mint looks for currently installed OS' but as it cannot seem to read the two drives as a combined drive it finds nothing.

I have spent many hours playing around with installing grub to different locations and coming up short each time,

I know the easiest option is to drop the raid all together but unfortunately that is not currently an option for me at this stage.

Any advice as to how i can tackle this problem? or a few key words i can google with?


Old 09-04-2009, 06:39 PM   #2
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A far as I can tell, Mint will never understand the BIOS raid, there is no way forward besides removing the raid.
Old 09-04-2009, 07:56 PM   #3
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If you want to keep the raid0 setup then ongte is right, linux will not see the drive. What you can do is the same thing I did, I have win-xp on a raid0 so I installed Debian to a 3rd drive, and installed the Grub boot loader to that (3rd) drive. After everything was done I went into the Debian OS and edited the grub menu.lst and added a entry like so

###title=XP originally in (hd1)
title   Windows XP
root (hd1,0)
map (hd1) (hd0)
map (hd0) (hd1)
chainloader +1

You will map win-xp to the first drive of the raid0 setup. After this reboot and go into the bios and set the 3rd HD to be first in boot order, save and exit. Now when you boot, the system will boot to the linux drive and grub will let you chose which OS you want.
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so mrrangerman

As I have windows 7 on the base of the raid and also XP installed to a partition from the raid, after adding the first section of code to allow grub to boot windows 7, to get the partition running would it look something like this?

###title=XP originally in (hd1)
title   Windows XP
root (hd1,1)
map (hd1,1) (hd0,1)
map (hd0,1) (hd1,1)
chainloader +1
Meaning harddrive one, partition one? or am I miles off?


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