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I am a total n00b when it comes to linux and to installing multiple operating systems. However, I am just about to build a system (all my remaining parts come in the mail on Wednesday) and I purchased two raptors for raid 0, and I have a third 500 gig hard drive for storage. My question is basically this... what is the best way to set up this system? Am I able to partition the raid into three sections; one for for vista, one for ubuntu, and one for mutual storage? Is it even possible to dual boot with raid? Should I just put vista on the raptors and partition the 500 gig hard drive for ubuntu and storage? And then how do I do all this? Thanks for any help... and please don't hate on me for my ignorance believe me... I already realize I don't know anything about this.
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you should be able to partition it. as for dual booting i beleive you might have to manually config GRUB (ubuntu bootloader) to point to where each OS is installed. I believe youw ill be good after that.

As for mutual storage you should be bale to. Linux will detect your other partition automatically and windows you can dl a program. (not sure of the name) to see the ext3 partition for linux.
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The only mainstream distro that supports RAID 0 out of the box is Fedora.

This very question was asked less than a day ago.
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So where do I begin? Should I install Vista first?
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The only mainstream distro that supports RAID 0 out of the box is Fedora.

This very question was asked less than a day ago.
And sorry about asking this question again... I actually did look for a thread about this.
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So where do I begin? Should I install Vista first?
Yes, install vista first. And then install Linux shortly after. That way if something F-s up, you won't have worked on your vista install that long, and if something happens it won't be such a shame to have to redo it.
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Yes, install vista first. And then install Linux shortly after. That way if something F-s up, you won't have worked on your vista install that long, and if something happens it won't be such a shame to have to redo it.
Ok... so should I then make three partitions? Should I give Vista like 30 gigs of space? I have heard of making a small partition for virtual memory... will this help? and also if I give vista space and ubuntu space then have the rest for mutual storage, will it have to be fat32? Sorry, I have alot of questions
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Ok... so should I then make three partitions? Should I give Vista like 30 gigs of space? I have heard of making a small partition for virtual memory... will this help? and also if I give vista space and ubuntu space then have the rest for mutual storage, will it have to be fat32? Sorry, I have alot of questions
You're probably going to need more than 30GB for vista... How big is the whole HDD?

You can make 3 partitions; that will work. Although Linux likes that you have a main partition and a small swap (kinda like page file) partition (1-2GB or less).

You don't have to make a partition for windows virtual memory; I don't think that's necessary. It's only helpful if you have the virtual memory on a whole separate desk (not just separate partition on the same HDD.)

A partition for mutual storage is possible. You would have to use FAT32, though (use Linux to do that; FAT 32 can be bigger than 32GB, but if you do it in windows, it forces limitation to 32GB.) If you use NTFS, you can only read from the partition in Linux. If you use FAT 32, you can read and write from and to the partition.

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You're probably going to need more than 30GB for vista... How big is the whole HDD?

You can make 3 partitions; that will work. Although Linux likes that you have a main partition and a small swap (kinda like page file) partition (1-2GB or less).

You don't have to make a partition for windows virtual memory; I don't think that's necessary. It's only helpful if you have the virtual memory on a whole separate desk (not just separate partition on the same HDD.)

A partition for mutual storage is possible. You would have to use FAT32, though (use Linux to do that; FAT 32 can be bigger than 32GB, but if you do it in windows, it forces limitation to 32GB.) If you use NTFS, you can only read from the partition in Linux. If you use FAT 32, you can read and write from and to the partition.

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Ok... the only problem I think I'm gonna be facing is I want to do all this with raided drives. I want to use my 150 gig raptors in raid 0... so I guess you could say 300 gigs of space. I don't plan on using ubuntu for anything hard core... all my gaming is gonna be done on Vista. Since this is my first experience with dual booting and I plan on only experimenting with ubuntu for the time being, maybe I should just install ubuntu on my separate 500 gig HDD? and partition it so I can use the rest for storage in Vista? what do you think about that? If i do that, will I still have to use the rest of the 500 gig drive in fat32 in order to be able to read/write from ubuntu?
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Ok... the only problem I think I'm gonna be facing is I want to do all this with raided drives. I want to use my 150 gig raptors in raid 0... so I guess you could say 300 gigs of space. I don't plan on using ubuntu for anything hard core... all my gaming is gonna be done on Vista. Since this is my first experience with dual booting and I plan on only experimenting with ubuntu for the time being, maybe I should just install ubuntu on my separate 500 gig HDD? and partition it so I can use the rest for storage in Vista? what do you think about that? If i do that, will I still have to use the rest of the 500 gig drive in fat32 in order to be able to read/write from ubuntu?
I'm not sure how that's all going to work out. Ubuntu won't see vista's RAID drive. It'll see it as two unreadable drives. If you can install Ubuntu on a whole separate drive, that is more desirable. What you described sounds good. vista on a RAID 0, Ubuntu + media drive separately. But:

Physically disconnect the lone drive. Install vista on your RAID. Disconnect the drives (physically unplug them from the computer.) Plug in the Ubuntu drive. Partition it with its installer. Then you can reconnect your RAID.

The purpose of this is to have separate MBRs. If you install an OS with both drives plugged in, only one of them will have an MBR, and the other will be unbootable without the other. Now you can boot using the drive of your choice. Find your motherboard's hotkey (most boards have a boot menu hotkey, F8 or F10 or Esc or something, that will allow you to choose your boot device on-the-fly as a one-time deal while your system is POSTing.)

Edit: remember, don't configure anything to the way you like it on either OS until you've installed both and decided everything is in working order!
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