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Hey guys,

I just wanted to check I'm not doing anything stupid or wasting my time.

I have a 60GB SSD and 2x 1TB HDDs. I have just backed up all my data externally.

My plan is as follows:

  • Format all drives
  • Make a RAID1 in BIOS with my 2x 1TB drives (I've only used crummy software backup before)
  • Create 30GB swap partition on RAID
  • Create 30GB partition on RAID and install windows (as a backup OS for SSD failure)
  • Move external data back to remaining RAID partition
  • Install Linux on SSD
  • Install Xen on SSD
  • Install Windows VM and other Linux distro VMs


Three questions:

  • What storage formats should I use for various partitions?
  • Do I need to format partitions for the VM distros or does Xen handle that from one partition? I will want to run dom0 and Windows VM from the SSD and multiple other Linux distros from the RAID.
  • Is this all just a bit crazy?


I've never done RAID or VMs before, so any tips or advice are appreciated.
Edited by Killhouse - 9/15/12 at 11:47am
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I have Fedora installed on an LVD on the SSD with my TB drives split into raid drives. Unfortunately I could not get hardware raid to work so used linux software raid. Now I can't install a backup windows or access the raid data from a non-raid backup partition. I think ill start again with no RAID!
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