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Long story short:
Windows 2000
Windows XP Pro
Windows 7
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS x64 (main OS)

The others OS's are for compatibility with various applications for various reasons but my main concern is: if I want to game on this system and I'm setting up a multi boot... can I partition... is that possible on a raid array? How will that affect performance if at all?

Ubuntu 12.04 is for Diablo 3
Windows 7 will be for certain games that don't work on wine
Ubuntu 14.04 will be for most of the gaming / home theatre purposes as well as general use
The older versions of windows are just for a few applications I use for work related purposes and unlocking cell phones.

I've been able to successfully install Windows 7 and Ubuntu on a single DRIVE but don't know how I would go about installing all of those on one raid array without partitioning it, and I wouldn't think that's possible since it's essentially one partition spread over two drives.
Thinking it through, I could likely get away with just 12.04 Windows 7 and Ubuntu 14 on one, and the older versions of windows can go standalone on usb drives or an auxillary drive outside the raid array... but my main concern still is will multi booting negatively affect the raid, and if so how can I get around it?

Thanks for your time.
Edited by reiterate - 5/15/14 at 12:10pm
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I've been able to successfully install Windows 7 and Ubuntu on a single partition

Sounds like Wubi. That'll be more of a problem than anything else.
post #3 of 10
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I've edited the OP, I wasn't phrasing things quite right for what I've tried and done so far.
My goal is to have windows 7 x86 and ubuntu 14.04 x64 multi boot from the same raid array, and if possible to throw ubuntu 12.04 x86 in there also.
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I've been able to successfully install Windows 7 and Ubuntu on a single DRIVE but don't know how I would go about installing all of those on one raid array without partitioning it, and I wouldn't think that's possible since it's essentially one partition spread over two drives.

I think you are getting a little confused on what a RAID is. Essentially it's multiple hard drives being treated as one hard drive, not multiple drives being treated as a single partition. So to install multiple Operating Systems on your RAID, you'd partition it like you would a single drive.
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Thinking it through, I could likely get away with just 12.04 Windows 7 and Ubuntu 14 on one, and the older versions of windows can go standalone on usb drives or an auxillary drive outside the raid array... but my main concern still is will multi booting negatively affect the raid, and if so how can I get around it?

No there is no reason that I can think of that partitioning a RAID will in any way hurt it.


Also why do you need to keep Ubuntu 12.04? In your OP you say you use it for D3 but surely you can get D3 running in 14.04 just as easily as you got it to run in 12.04.
post #5 of 10
I'd recommend running Win2000 and XP in a virtual machine instead of dual booting. In fact those application which only support 2000 / XP might even run on Linux via WINE.

Also, there's absolutely no reason to run two different versions of Ubuntu. Just stick with the latest 64bit ISO.
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I'd recommend running Win2000 and XP in a virtual machine instead of dual booting. In fact those application which only support 2000 / XP might even run on Linux via WINE.

Also, there's absolutely no reason to run two different versions of Ubuntu. Just stick with the latest 64bit ISO.

This was going to be what I was going to say. Virtual Machines and only 1 Ubuntu ( latest ).

Just seems like overkill to boot so many different installs. Especially if they aren't going to be used often.
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I think you are getting a little confused on what a RAID is. Essentially it's multiple hard drives being treated as one hard drive, not multiple drives being treated as a single partition. So to install multiple Operating Systems on your RAID, you'd partition it like you would a single drive.
No there is no reason that I can think of that partitioning a RAID will in any way hurt it.


Also why do you need to keep Ubuntu 12.04? In your OP you say you use it for D3 but surely you can get D3 running in 14.04 just as easily as you got it to run in 12.04.
I was hoping that by offering an explanation in advance, I could avoid the arrogant 'criticize instead of help' replies that I often find online. I didn't come here to have my motives questioned, or my intelligence insulted--I came here to get a simple answer to a simple question which was: can I partition a raid array?
You've answered that, at least you did eventually after criticizing and insulting me. Thanks--I think.
post #8 of 10
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I was hoping that by offering an explanation in advance, I could avoid the arrogant 'criticize instead of help' replies that I often find online. I didn't come here to have my motives questioned, or my intelligence insulted--I came here to get a simple answer to a simple question which was: can I partition a raid array?
You've answered that, at least you did eventually after criticizing and insulting me. Thanks--I think.

I apologize if my post seemed insulting, but I was only trying to help.
post #9 of 10
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I was hoping that by offering an explanation in advance, I could avoid the arrogant 'criticize instead of help' replies that I often find online. I didn't come here to have my motives questioned, or my intelligence insulted--I came here to get a simple answer to a simple question which was: can I partition a raid array?
You've answered that, at least you did eventually after criticizing and insulting me. Thanks--I think.

Don't take things so personal. Critisism isn't bad, especially when it comes to helping. Many people think they need to do something one way, but can often do it another way 100x easier and in less time. And often times people tend to over analyze a situation, so when you ask for help we tend to help break it down into a much smaller, easier to understand and execute concept.

I still stick by the virtual machine idea if you absolutely need the other windows versions, which I'm guessing you really don't. But overall they'll be easier to manage and won't require you to reboot just to use them for little purposes like you've mentioned. Especially the 2 Ubuntu version and more importantly archetictures.
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Are there Windows 2000 drivers for modern HW?
 
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