Hello everyone, this is my first post here at the LM forums, so I want to say hello to any and all of the members here. Secondly, Id like to say I love LM 12 on my Netbook which has inspired me to try it on my main rig, mainly because Cinnamon is just damn nice
However, I am not interested in doing a normal dual boot setup with Windows 7 because I have win7 on the ICH10R controller in Raid mode and all the ports are being used. However, it just occurred to me that this mobo of mine (Asus Rampage III Extreme x58) has an additional SATA controller for which I have never used and from the quick look I just did in the BIOS it has AHCI mode enabled by default. SOOO, my question is, can I use this secondary SATA controller in AHCI mode and install TWO unused 32gb SSD drives using Linux software Raid by chance? I would like the end result to be to select my OS of choice simply by using the "Press TAB for BBS Popup" function in order to select the boot device at boot (does that make sense? kinda like when you are selecting a USB flash drive etc). However, I do NOT want linux touching, or even seeing the Windows drives as they are production drives and are used for my business.
So, is it possible to somehow raid two SSD's and install LM 12 on them and when in LM somehow make it to where the "other" drives that are attached to the ICH10R are completely invisible and not possible to corrupt? I am somewhat a Linux n00b and do not want to mess up my Windows setup, however I want to get my hands dirty with the Linux terminal, do some serious tweaking and take full advantage of my spare unused SSD hardware (I have two spare OCZ Vertex drives Id like to test with LM in raid).
Also, I figure since Windows 7 needs a driver for the extra controller it wont even see the Linux stuff. Am I right? Any ideas or opinions that can help me try this setup? I've spent several months now reading up on dual boot and Windows "fakeraid" and I have come to the conclusion that it is "Over my Head" so to speak, and although I have been building computers and messing with windows since the early 90's, this dual boot linux/windows/raid is just something a Windows guy needs to stay away from lol haha...
Ok, so is this doable? TIA