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I've been having nightmares and I believe it's because of my raid0 setup. Two drives on one partition housing windows. The other 2 are housing my storage which i shrunk 50gb to hold Ubuntu.

I used WUBI with a super fail. No root partition file defined. I used a livecd, which I can use but is a nightmare during installation (Cannot merge grub with /dev/sda (which is probably one physical drive, not the logical partition I tried to direct it to (which is my / root)

I just tried to install off of alternate cd, Same thing happened, but I am unsure if I did it right. Can anyone help me? I've been doing this for about 24 hours time trying to figure it out on my own (I like a challenge) but now it's just getting ridiculous LOL.

Also, my root partition has an error 'unable to find mount place', which is why I cannot install grub at this designated location I don't even know exists!!!! *krunk smash*.

Any help appreciated.
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Try creating a separate /boot partition

I used this guide when I last set up a raid system
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Tried that guide. Now my MBR is toast. Repair console (off of Win7 disk) made the partition visible but when I try to boot off my raid array, it just has a blinking cursor in the top left. Tried booting off the 7 disk again, when I tried to click the Win 7 partition to repair again, it says it's incompatible (probably because of SP1).

[rant] I can't believe I've fiddled with this operating system for 2 days worth of time now, and it's not even installed and messed up my other operating system. Right now, I'm thinking it's more trouble than it's worth and no wonder it's not a mainstream system. IMO. Followed endless guides and had help in IRC many a times. [/rant] sorry. Had to let that out.

I just booted off a livecd and apparently I can grab data from these drives. Hopefully all is not lost. I imagine the only way to get this to dual boot is to take away one raid volume and use one of the stand alone drives for Ubuntu.

Any ideas now anyone? Thanks for your help so far Dark, appreciated.
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Tried that guide. Now my MBR is toast. Repair console (off of Win7 disk) made the partition visible but when I try to boot off my raid array, it just has a blinking cursor in the top left. Tried booting off the 7 disk again, when I tried to click the Win 7 partition to repair again, it says it's incompatible (probably because of SP1).

[rant] I can't believe I've fiddled with this operating system for 2 days worth of time now, and it's not even installed and messed up my other operating system. Right now, I'm thinking it's more trouble than it's worth and no wonder it's not a mainstream system. IMO. Followed endless guides and had help in IRC many a times. [/rant] sorry. Had to let that out.

I just booted off a livecd and apparently I can grab data from these drives. Hopefully all is not lost. I imagine the only way to get this to dual boot is to take away one raid volume and use one of the stand alone drives for Ubuntu.

Any ideas now anyone? Thanks for your help so far Dark, appreciated.
Let me make sure I understand the situation:

You have a computer with a RAID0 setup. Is this a softwareRAID, or fakeRAID?

You also say you have 2 extra storage drives. Are these part of any RAID, or ar they just free drives?

I'm willing to bet that your issue is stemming from the fact that your RAID0 setup uses a fakeRAID controller, and it's one that Linux doesn't support.
Edited by Bluescreen_Of_Death - 7/25/11 at 1:24am
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No clue what those two are. I'm assuming whatever my motherboards controller is is not either of those. The raids already configured via motherboard, so linux doesn't need a configuration correct? I created a raid md thingy in linux, that's probably what killed my mbr. Also, both storage drives are raided together (see sig)

I'm really confused so far, and cannot find accessible information or know where to look for this subject. The wiki did not do me justice.
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No clue what those two are. I'm assuming whatever my motherboards controller is is not either of those. The raids already configured via motherboard, so linux doesn't need a configuration correct? I created a raid md thingy in linux, that's probably what killed my mbr. Also, both storage drives are raided together (see sig)

I'm really confused so far, and cannot find accessible information or know where to look for this subject. The wiki did not do me justice.
Your motherboard controller is also a fakeRAID card.

That's where your problems are stemming from. Really, the only way to get around that is to turn off the MB fakeRAID controller to use Linux, and turn it back on to go back to Windows.
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Your motherboard controller is also a fakeRAID card.

That's where your problems are stemming from. Really, the only way to get around that is to turn off the MB fakeRAID controller to use Linux, and turn it back on to go back to Windows.
Damn. This whole time I've been trying to fix something unfixable. I'm awesome.

Anyways. Would I be able to back up my storage (will probably have to format both partitions now anyway...) as seperate partitions and make one of them a linux partition without it being in raid 0? Would it still freak out since the fakeraid is installed for Windows?
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Damn. This whole time I've been trying to fix something unfixable. I'm awesome.
It's not unfixable, there just isn't a linux kernel driver for most fake raid cards.

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Anyways. Would I be able to back up my storage (will probably have to format both partitions now anyway...) as seperate partitions and make one of them a linux partition without it being in raid 0? Would it still freak out since the fakeraid is installed for Windows?
As long as the boot drive isn't part of any raid setup, it might work.

Otherwise, the only way around it is to turn off the onboard controller when you want to use Linux, and turn it back on for Windows.

Sorry I can't do more for you =/
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Well, is recovering my W7 partition impossible now?

And no man, you did wonders already. I'll try repartitioning my storage drives and installing it on one of them. Thanks BSOD! (<-- Lol?)
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Well, is recovering my W7 partition impossible now?

And no man, you did wonders already. I'll try repartitioning my storage drives and installing it on one of them. Thanks BSOD! (<-- Lol?)
HRMMMM.....

I can't say for certain, but I want to say that the raid array can be rebuilt.

Try going through the same steps you used to install on the raid0 in the first place, but rather than a full install, just do a 'repair'.
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