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I am currently running Windows 7 x64 which boots from a 40GB SSD and I use a 2x 1TB raid0 for my storage. How should I configure the Linux partitions such that it boots from the Raid array (as there is not enough space left on the SSD)?

And please tell me if you require more information about my system to help me out!

Thanks!
Edited by robo171 - 4/30/11 at 11:01pm
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IDEALLY you would set up a 500MB partition on the SSD for Linux to use as /boot. This would be the simplest way to get it set up.

The problem is that grub is very touchy about fakeraid, especially RAID-0. Enough so that I don't even want to attempt to give you another method for fear of you losing all your data. (But someone else probably will sometime in the next day or so.)
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And that would setup the 500mb partition only for the boot? How would I then set the home directory and the main filesystem to be located on the raid array so that I don't run out of room on my ssd?
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And that would setup the 500mb partition only for the boot? How would I then set the home directory and the main filesystem to be located on the raid array so that I don't run out of room on my ssd?
With the mouse? During the installation? I'm not sure what you're asking.
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As I install Linux, how should I partition my drives? What do I need to do to make the raid drive the default for storage and the SSD the default for boot? Also, will the size of the boot files increase over time significantly?
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As I install Linux, how should I partition my drives? What do I need to do to make the raid drive the default for storage and the SSD the default for boot? Also, will the size of the boot files increase over time significantly?
You put your root (/) partition on the RAID0 and your /boot partition on the SSD. It's impossible to be more specific than that, since you haven't said what Linux distribution you intend to install.

The amount of data stored in the /boot partition will not increase significantly over a period of several years.
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Either Mint or Ubuntu. Does that change anything?

BTW: Thank you for walking me through this, I am definitely a Linux newb.
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Either Mint or Ubuntu. Does that change anything?

BTW: Thank you for walking me through this, I am definitely a Linux newb.
I don't think Linux Mint has an installation disk that recognizes fakeraid, though I could be wrong. For Ubuntu you have to use the "alternate" installation CD to get fakeraid support. The alternate CD is 100% text mode, so you lose the ability to shrink your existing partitions; you'll need to use something else to shrink your partitions before doing the installation, such as a gparted live CD.
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Thanks for the advice (I'm sure it was all sound), but after a long day of failure and tension trying to restore Windows I think I'll leave this one to be done in person by an expert, no a newb like me.

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Thanks for the advice (I'm sure it was all sound), but after a long day of failure and tension trying to restore Windows I think I'll leave this one to be done in person by an expert, no a newb like me.

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Well, it's certainly much easier than dealing with Windows when it decides to go south.
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