View Full Version : [ubuntu] Install Vista/Ubuntu both in software RAID, is it possible?

June 27th, 2008, 03:11 PM

I've read a few threads regarding dual booting Vista and Ubuntu but none of them were pertinent to my sofware RAID setup.

I have 2 x Western Digital 250GB drives on SATA 0 & 1 ports. Both drives are identical/same model numbers.

I installed Ubuntu a while ago, using software RAID on the 'back end' of my drives as follows:

1st drive: 2GB boot partition (overkill, I know), then 50Gb /root RAID 0 partition, then approx 100GB /home RAID 0 partition.

2nd drive: 2GB swap partition, then 50GB /root RAID 0 partition, then approx 100GB /home RAID 0 partition.

The above setup works fine (and fast), with my partition info almost identical on each drive.

I have at the start of each drive a 97GB partition left over which I want to use to setup software RAID 0 for a Vista install for playing games. Is this possible?

My motherboard also supports hardware RAID, but I would rather use software RAID if possible to avoid trashing my Ubuntu installation.

I have any important stuff backed up onto an external HD, so completely wiping my system drives is an option, but I would rather not do this.

Perhaps there is third-party software out there that would let me setup software RAID to 'trick' Vista into installing onto? Any Vista partition gurus out there?

June 27th, 2008, 07:59 PM

Any ideas? If not I think I'm gonna format the lot after work and go ahead with trying to install everything on Hardware RAID.

July 2nd, 2008, 10:11 PM
Would I be better off using Debian etch, as that is a more server-based distro?

July 20th, 2008, 08:32 PM
Hi i have a acer desktop with vista and thinking about buying a second internal hard drive to install ubuntu. how hard is it to boot up between the two systems thanks nefertem