I recently tried converting to Linux, and installed Ubuntu 9.10 a few hours ago.
Everything looks fine and promising except two issues:
a) I have a hardware-raid consisting of 2x500GB SATA-disks, but they are not recognized by ubuntu.
b) I also have a windows software raid consisting of 2x1000GB SATA-disks, not surprisingly not recognized by ubuntu.
The software-raid i can understand, but i reallty expected the hardware-raid to work out of the box in Ubuntu. Especially since they are aiming to get more users from Windows.
When i visited my motherbord vendor's website, they had no drivers for linux, only refering to third party vendors.
It's a Gigabyte P35-DQ6 board.
I also want to know if there is a way to make windows split a software raid and keeping the data. I suppose there is about 250GB of free space on the array (approx 1850GB total).
The Orange SATA ports are from your Intel ICH9R chipset. The purple ones from "Gigabyte controller" which is in fact Silicon Image i believe. Could you explain to me how you connected your disks, to which controller?
The hardware-raid (2x500) is connected to the Purple connectors, thus making it the gigabyte-controller.
The software-raid is connected to the yellow ones, but the raid-feature is disabled in BIOS because windows (both XP and 7) crashes and reboots during startup when enabled.
That's the reason why the 2x1000 RAID is a software raid configured in Windows under "controlpanel - admin tools - computer management - storage controller" (or something like that).
My fifth disk is a 160gb disk I use for both Windows (7) and now Ubuntu.
I still have access to Windows.
2x500gb HW-raid on purple gigabyte-controller
2x1000GB SW-raid on orange intel-controller, raid disabled
1x160GB single disk containing Windows 7 and Ubuntu, connected to orange intel controller