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Hey guys i wanted to start using linux, but i only have one rig so i need to dual boot. I was wondering if it was possible to dual boot on a raid configuration and if not cand i have one hardrive have linux and then my raid setup have vista. I dont really care whether its on raid or my 320. Also is there a boot menu where i choose and would this appear if it was on two hardrives. Sorry for noob questions im very new to linux. Also if you could point me to a guid or give me some advice on setting it up. thanks alot
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uhh if u install a linux distro theres a boot loader it comes with called grub 9in most cases). This is what i used to dual (or tripple) boot Fedore, XP and Vista. In terms of installing im not sure if u can install lunux on a raid drive as i have never tryed that. The easy way would be to stick linux on the single drive and run vista off the raid config. As linux needs a diffrent partition (EX3 or EX2 and a swap) your gona loose part of your disc to the new fortmat.

its been a while since ive played with linux so if im wrong on any of this somone please correct me.
    
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Yes you can do it on your RAID, or seperate HDD's. Either way will work fine.
    
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I'd put linux on one drive and save the RAID for Vista. It'll save you some possible headaches since your new to linux.
When you install Debian it'll install GRUB or will give you the option to install LILO or GRUB; in that case choose GRUB.

Install linux last as vista will probably overwrite your MBR(not sure how it works in a RAID setup).
If the two are on different drives then at boot up you can choose which drive to boot if you press F2 or F8 or something like that.
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okay thanks guys ill give it a shot tonight im gonna put it on the raid cause if it messes up i dont really care i could prob use a fresh install of vista anyway.
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okay well i messed something up, i dont think debain recognized my raid setup so when it went to install grub i think it messed it up. I kept getting error 25 when i restarted. So right now i disabled my raid and i have deabian on one of my 80gig drives and the other one is empty. How would i go about putting vista on the other 80 and dual booting.
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