Originally Posted by om3n
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!