Which is why you unplug the drives you're not going to use for the system drive when you install an OS.. ALWAYS... :P
One drive for system, one drive from data you don't want to lose.
I offered that suggestion, but as of this moment I don't remember why he said he didn't do that. Thanks Tek btw, I might actually be able to set up things the way I want it.
So, if you have a second Tek, what if I want to reraid the 2 250 gigs and install Vista on them. Then I want to partition the 120 in half, and install windows 7 on half and ubuntu on the other half. Tell me if my steps are right if you don't mind:
Reraid the drives, install Vista and drivers.
Unplug the raid drives, use Windows 7 to partition the 120g in half, install windows 7 on one half.
Here's where my confusion is. Ubuntu needs to add an entry to the MBR. There's now a MBR on the 120 drive where Windows 7 is, but, am I going to be able to choose from either version of windows and linux? Sorry to sound newish at this, but I've never had raided drives and normally just installed windows to one drive and linux to the other drive. Thankyou for the help, I much appreciate it. We can take this to another thread as not to derail the windows 7 thread if you like.
There wasn't any place to backup the files as my only external drive was the one I put into the computer.
So I wanted to come back today and give the good news, unfortunately there is only bad news to give. Installing the new drive went fine, my husband I don't think could have foreseen what happened after that. Windows 7 did NOT detect the raid drive, which was fine, but would not reformat or partition the other drive, kept giving an error. So we gave up on that. We decided to give the whole drive to Linux, which neither of us thought would be a big deal. Ubuntu noticed the raid drive, but only as 2 250g, not one drive.
Neither one of us thought that the MBR being on the vista raid drives would be a big deal, but in installing to the boot record it somehow basically blew up the raid setup and made both drives unrecoverable.
It's unfortunate, I lost a lot of music, my husband lost an instant messenger he wrote. I lost all my wow ui's, all my wallpaper, any visual styles I had worked on. Many, many programs and serial numbers that we have incurred over the years. So anyways, you win some, you lose some. I can't think of anything we could have done differently, my husband went to school for computer science so he's pretty decent at what he does. I'm pretty sure we will have to unraid the drives and leave them apart in order to the linux to write to the boot record without breaking stuff. At this point I'm unsure.
We'll be tackling the rest of the saga tonight when he gets done with work.
There's going to be a big, smokin hole in the ground where your house is! If you do it right, you should be able to boot all three, however, not quite like you envision it.
You'll only have one "windows" entry, and when you select it, you can choose "Windows 7" or "Previous version of windows"
Well that seems like it will work fine. I'm having my husband do it, so he should be home soon from playing rock band to put in the other drive and set everything up. I have windows and ubuntu burned, so I did enough :P
No blowing up the computer..I just bought it!! Wish me luck!
Not sure if this is the best place to ask this question, but some of you might be a little better with this than me.
My computer right now has 2 raided 250 gig hard drives. I want to keep my current vista installation, so I will be adding another 180 gig drive to the mix to install Windows 7 on. How difficult is it going to be to have windows 7 and ubuntu on the new 180 gig drive? Will I be able to see all 3 os's when I boot up? Is my computer going to blow up? Etc. Thanks :D