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RAID in linux OS

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I was wondering if there is a way to RAID inside the linux OS (like how you can use windows to RAID your non system OS) but in such a way that I can also access the RAID in my dual-boot Windows.

I have 2 identical 40GB IDE Maxtors that i want to use in RAID 1 but my server comp's motherboard doesn't support IDE RAID (or any kind of RAID to be more specific...)

Is it possible at all or is it doable but not accessible by Windows XP?

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My educated guess is that it's not doable in such a way that windows can access it. You can however set up software raid during the install process. I'm not sure what distro you use, but for Ubuntu, you need to use the "alternate install cd", and from Fedora, it's actually part of the normal Anaconda installer. It's really simple, and has comparable speeds to hardware raid. I'm using RAID0 on Ubuntu and it's pretty fast.

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https://help.ubuntu.com/community/FakeRaidHowto
This is how I did it, worked great for ubuntu 7.10 / Vista Raid0. PM me with questions, id be glad to help
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depends on your setup. if you are using an onboard raid controller, then you have what's called "fake raid" or "software raid". if you are using a pci controller, then you have a true raid. either way, you can configure different raid configurations with dmraid. fake raid does require more configuring to get to work though.
 
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im asking about the kind of RAID without using onboard or a PCI controller. Like how windows can RAID 2 non-system drives to be RAID 0/1/5
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