Will this RAID config work with Bootcamp?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Abbas, Oct 11, 2008.

  1. Abbas macrumors member

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    The Mac Pro has 4 drive bays and I was thinking of putting two 750GB drives for Software RAID0 along with one 1TB for Time machine and use the last one for a 500GB disk with Vista in Bootcamp- when needed.

    I've heard RAID and Bootcamp dont work well but I'm not sure if thats for setting up Bootcamp on a RAID partition. Will a dedicated drive for Windows also be an issue for Bootcamp?

    Also, Tim Machine is doing backups so I dont feel uncomfortable about losing data in case a drive goes bad- its just a matter of replacing the drive(s) and restoring from the Time Machine Backup.


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  2. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Yes, from your description, you want to boot OS X from the RAID 0 array, but Windows from a separate HDD. This would work. :)

    Otherwise, No, as Software RAID can't be shared by multiple OS's. It would work in OS X only, as windows couldn't read a SW RAID set-up under a different OS.

    To create a RAID array that can be handled by both OS's, you'd need a hardware solution. If you decided to boot from the array (both OS's) further complicates matters, as there aren't very many possibilities.

    Hope this helps. :)
     
  3. Abbas thread starter macrumors member

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    Excellent- thanks for the clarification
     

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