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Ok, I'm a software guy (CS major anyways) and the only experience with hardware is with my own experiences of building systems. I've never built a computer with more then one drive, so I'm pretty much clueless on the best way to set them up for my future computer. Here's my plan:

Get one Seagate 250gig and install XP64 on it. When DX10 starts making actual games I want to purchase a 72Gig raptor and install vista64 on it. then install only games on the raptor and run it with vista, and for everthing else, use XP(would a raptor benefit me for Vista+gaming? if not replace raptor with another 7200.10 drive). Right now I'll only be getting 2 gigs of ram, but when it becomes more necessary I'll bump to 4 gigs, which is why I want to use the 64 bit OS's. My question really is, how do I do this best? I'll initially be setting up with just the Seagate and XP, as I don't really want to purchase a raptor and have it just sitting there. In three or 4 months I'll get the other drive and install vista. Is this feasable? how should I go about setting my computer up now to accomodate this later? Also, would the Vista drive be able to store data on the XP drive? or will they be independent storage units?


Secondly, is it easy to configure a triple boot? I'd love to have Linux-XP-Vista so I could use Linux to program in.

Oh, and your welcome to make suggestions on specific hardware (I'd like to stay under $100 for the initial drive) as well as more general comments (like your a flipping retard for wanting to do this ) Thanks!
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You can install xp on the drive you initially buy. THen add the other drive and install vista on that drive. Then you will have a menu when you boot the pc of which operation system you want to use. Both are accessible from either OS.

You can then also install a linux distro, i would put it on the xp drive.
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get 3 7200 RPM drives.

1 for XP
2 in RAID 0 for vista + games, if you want the added performance.
2 x 7200 > 1 raptor.

Just don't delete any files on the RAID 0 array, on-board RAID controllers suck with RAID 0 if it's very fragmented. When you finally fill up the 500 GB RAID 0 array, format and reinstall (it'll take you like a year to fill it anyway).
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