I unplugged my HDD's and installed win7 ultimate on the SSD RAID 1 without incident.
After adding the HDD array back on I see that the first 100M is System Reserved (Active Primary partition) I unhooked the HDD's SATA cable so this wouldn't happen ( I thought) but not a big waste aside from being a Primary partition.
I want to know where to go from here for Windows 7 with future dual boot for linux.
Reading in the windows manual is scary regarding GUID partitions and such. It has been a very long time since i have ventured into this terrain but after my last system basically swapped all the never used MP3 Gigabytes of data to the outside of my platters after defrag I want to manage my disks better this time.
I want to format and partition my HDD RAID 1 for the following. Can I please get feed back on how to do this. ext partitions are not available from win7. What util do I need to get to make my life easier and what process should I use.
Currently the Drives are intel HW set to 2 volumes 500GB and 431 GB for Media.
RAID Volume 500GB
100MB SYS Reserved Win 7
30 G Alt Windows Programs and games
1.5 G Swap
60 G Development
150.5 G Linux
50 G / root
500 M /boot
20 G /home
10 G /tmp
70 G /var
100 G OLD Doc and Settings Users, Libraries Temp etc Everything I DON'T want on my SSD
40 G Downloads
RAID Volume 431.5 GB
300 G Media
HD203 2 Terra 1863 G BACKUP I figure this can be a simple GUID Partition since it is backup drive
100 G Windows Images
200 G Incremental Development
200 G Documents and Settings
50 G Downloads ( one to one back up )
200 G Linux (actually I think that is over kill since only an image and data need to be preserved)