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Dual Boot Windows 8 64-bit/Linux Mint 15 64-bit with Sabertooth z77 Intel RAID0 Samsung 840 Pro 256GB*2

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September 5, 2013 5:42:17 PM

Hi all,

I'm looking to dual boot with Windows 8 64-bit and Linux Mint 15 64-bit on my rig. As the title suggests, my setup is on a Sabertooth z77 with two 256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSDs, set up with the Intel RAID configuration. I am striping the drives.

I made the mistake of installing Windows first, as I usually do, since I often get problems doing it the other way around (this isn't my first dual boot, but it is my first time with RAID).

According to this website, I should first install Linux, and then Windows. Unfortunately, I think this article was published before Windows 8, and so I want to know if anyone can confirm that this article still holds with Windows 8?

I can't think of any reasons why it shouldn't, but I'll be very upset if I have to wipe my SSDs clean and start anew only to find that it was all for nothing.

If anyone has an alternate method where I don't need to wipe my drives clean, that too would be appreciated.


September 7, 2013 6:23:57 PM

I've been doing a bit of reading about fake RAID, and it seems like it's not exactly a good setup.

I think I'll reinstall both Linux and Windows with software RAID and then do it again with hardware RAID when I get the opportunity.

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a b å Intel
a b Ô Samsung
a c 819 G Storage
a b * Windows 8
September 8, 2013 1:25:10 PM

rider_eragon said:

This is why I can't do that:

Remember, this is an Intel RAID 0 setup.

Yes, you would still need to install mdadm ,which I beleive mint requres a seperate download to do.
Anyways it sounds like you are onto a better plan for your situation.