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I'm going to be installing Vista home Premium x64 OEM this weekend. I have four hard drives in my computer, one 40GB one which is 3 years old, one 250GB one which is nearly full and a year and a half old (its my storage drive) and two 200GB seagate barracudas in RAID0, new at christmas last year.

My question: I have XP installed on the barracudas in RAID. I would like to keep my XP installation in case vista goes wrong/I need to get into XP again. This way I'll be creating a dual boot setup. I'm planning to install vista on the 40GB single Hard drive which is 3 years old, so I'll have vista on that and XP on my raid.

However, since the 40GB hd is 3 years old, I'm worried it will be slow and unreliable/near to dying. What I'm planning to do is install vista on the drive, but only have that drive store the OS, all program files and data on my raid hard drive. Is this a good idea? I want Vista to be speedy, and I'm hoping that having only the OS on the 40GB hd, and most of the data on the RAID hds will be speedy. Would you agree?

Would it be better if I just formatted over my RAID setup and put vista on that, but lose XP and my programs etc...

Also if I decided to do a new install of vista on the raid hard drives in the future will M$ let me reactivate vista?

Thanks.
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I would create another partition in the RAID drives and install Vista there. The 40gig might not even be 7200rpm and has a low cache. If you make another partition in the RAID drives, you will not lose XP.
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give the 40gb away or sling or play about with linux on it, and put both on the raid0.

bit dodge tho because all data has to be erased in order for the partitions to be made.

i say back it all up onto the 250 and start from scratch with a dual boot on the raid0
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This 40GB hd is a maxtor 6E040L0 btw. 7200RPM but its IDE, not sata like my barracudas.

How would I go about reducing the size of this XP partition and making a new big one for Vista on my RAID0 array?
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Acronis Disk Director Suite 10
http://www.download.com/Acronis-Disk...ml?tag=lst-0-4
It's not free though. And I don't know if it supports RAID.
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I checked, partition magic 8 supports RAID0, so I'll do it with that
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