Dual Boot install for Open SUSE 12.3 and Windows 7 - Does my Setup look Good?

I’ve seen a few threads recently where people seem to be having dual boot issues. I want to make sure my ducks are in a row before I pull the trigger on the install. My setup for my Windows 7 is as follows.
Disk 3 is where my Windows 7 load resides on a single partition on my 128GB Intel 510 SSD.
Disk 2 is where I put my Backups for my Windows 7 system among a few other things. This is a single 640GB Western Digital WD Black Drive
Disk 1 and Disk 0 Consist of TWO 1TB 7200 RPM Western Digital WD Black Drive Drives Running a Short Stroked Partition for my Games on Drive D using 460GB
Disk 0 Is part of the Two disk RAID 0 setup with 701GB used for my various applications with the additional 710GB unallocated.

Here’s my Windows Partition Setup:

https://home.comcast.net/~20vdub/images/windowspartitions.PNG

So, what I’m planning on doing is using the partition tool in expert mode and installing it to my Disk 2 single 640GB Western Digital WD Black Drive. I was going to use the following space on the 454GB I have free on this drive to load SUSE.
/root - 20GB
/swap - 2GB
/home - 100GB

Here’s a shot of how the partition tool was going to setup my install.
https://home.comcast.net/~20vdub/images/linuxparitions.PNG

A couple questions. Does anyone know what this message means that comes up when I click to install Open SUSE off my USB drive?

Following MD compatible RAID devices were detected:
Volume0
If they are clean devices or contain partitions then you can choose to use
MD Partitionable RAID sysbsystem to handle them. In case of clean device you
will be able to install system on it and boot from such RAID.
Do you want MD Partitionable RAID subsystem to manage those partitions?

I clicked on NO for this question. I clicked on expert mode in the partition setups and then choose my 640GB Western digital black for the install. I didn’t want to use the rest of the drive for my /home directory so I changed that to 100GB. Other than that the partitioning tool set it up fine with 20GB for /root and 2GB for /swap.
One thing that concerned me after I set this configuration up was it showed my 460GB Short Stroke Game partition as /windows/C ??
This is not correct since my forth drive from the bottom is where my windows 7 resides on the Intel SSD.
So, I was going to modify these settings by right clicking and changing them to what the mount points are in Windows. (ie) I was going to change my 460GB Short Stroke Game partition to /windows/D as it shows on my disk management in Windows. I didn’t see an option when right clicking my Intel SSD to modify any settings at all.

Also, I don’t recall it asking me where to install the boot loader. I’m hoping it uses GRUB as the boot loader. I was planning on installing the boot loader to the /root. I used to install the GRUB boot loader to my Windows MBR in the past and this has not caused issues but I’ve read it’s better not to use windows C: / MBR to install the boot loader. I was then going to use EasyBCD to add a boot option to my Windows 7 boot menu. I haven’t done this before but the guide I’m using states to use that tool. Again, I’ve never used this in the past and have good luck with loading GRUB to my windows MBR.

Thanks for any tips and suggestions! This Open Suse 12.3 looks awesome and I’d love to have it running on my Powerful PC to see what Linux can really do! I’ve always installed linux on Old PC’s and want to try it on my monster system.
I really like the looks of this community and forum. I loaded SUSE 11.x back in 2006 but never really used it much and I’m not digging on the new Ubuntu Unity that much.

Bump. Can anyone let me know what they think about my questions? I’d love to get this bad boy installed soon after test driving the Live version at work on my USB drive. Thx!

Last time, I tried to windows 7 with suse. It WIPED out my linux partitions! :stuck_out_tongue: Be warned!! I barely got my data back.

Don’t know why you have RAID when you don’t seem to have a RAID system.

Seems like some makers are putting RAID on single disks. which makes no sense at all. I’d re think those RAID partitions/disks if it were me. Do you have a real need to have RAID for no apparent reason?

Do not do that, Linux handles your drives totally different and does not care how windows reports it. You can look at how openSUSE sees your windows drives after you have it installed.

Also, I don’t recall it asking me where to install the boot loader. I’m hoping it uses GRUB as the boot loader. I was planning on installing the boot loader to the /root. I used to install the GRUB boot loader to my Windows MBR in the past and this has not caused issues but I’ve read it’s better not to use windows C: / MBR to install the boot loader. I was then going to use EasyBCD to add a boot option to my Windows 7 boot menu. I haven’t done this before but the guide I’m using states to use that tool. Again, I’ve never used this in the past and have good luck with loading GRUB to my windows MBR.

You will not need EasyBCD because you will be booting from grub2 menu which will include Windows and Linux, hopefully;)

460GB Short Stroke

What in the world is that, some sort of porno storage drive? :stuck_out_tongue:

lord_valarian

I’d presume since I’m planning on loading it on one of my 640 Western Digitals that doesn’t have any relation to my OS and I should be safe. It’s basically my backup drive.

gogalthorp

I have RAID setup because I have a need for Speed! I was using HD Tune to test various setups and RAID 0 short stroke was by far the fastest setup for two 1TB WD drives.

Here’s some comparison benchmarks I did when I was setting up my system about 1 1/2 years ago.

This is without Short Stroke in RAID 0.

https://home.comcast.net/~20vdub/images/HDTune_Benchmark_Intel___Raid_0-VOL2.png

This is with Short Stroke in RAID 0 using 1/4 of the total RAID capacity.

https://home.comcast.net/~20vdub/images/HDTune_Benchmark_Intel___Raid_0-CorrectFINAL.png

Games load very fast with this setup. This is why I setup RAID 0 SS on my system.

anika200

Thanks for the info on how Linux handles the partitions. It’s good to know I shouldn’t bother changing anything on this. I was just concerned it would try and load the MBR to my Games/D drive which probably wouldn’t work since I’m used to it loading the boot manager to my C: Drive. Where do you think it will load GRUB to? I typically don’t get sketched out about loading Dual boot setups but this is my main rig and I don’t want to hose things up. :stuck_out_tongue:

Short stroke 4 pr0n… LOL

It is not obvious from what you posted that you truely had a RAID setup

OK what kind of RAID? ie hardware or BIOS assist (FAKE)
Software is out because MS does not do software RAID.

I’m using the Fake software RAID. Intel Smart Response Tech (ISRT)
Speeds things up quite a bit so no complaints.

I just got this message when I was about to install my dual boot setup.

The Bootloader is installed on a partition that does not lie entirely below 128GB. This system might not boot if BIOS support is only lba24 (Result is error 1B during install grub MBR)
https://home.comcast.net/~20vdub/pics/snapshot1.png

My question is, why does it want to install Grub to my /dev/128 (MRB) partition? This is my free 1.3 TB partition that’s part of my RAID that I’m not using yet.

Any idea if I enable boot from “/” partition is disabled to enabled will it install the MBR to my linux root instead?

I’d prefer this because I don’t think the default setup for MBR would see my Windows 7 OS and only allow me to boot SUSE. :\

Because it shows order of hard disk as dev/md125 (My unallocated RAID drive), etc.
I’m thinking I should be able to use Easy BCD to add SUSE to my Windows boot loader or something like that.

Thx for any help.

You can always tell it where to install grub. You have a complex setup and the magic may simply not work. So tell it where you think it need to go.

Yeah, I was thinking about going back into the setup and clicking on the Change button at the bottom to see what options I have. In the past I’ve ALWAYS installed Grub to where my Windows C: drive resides. Then Grub takes over as my boot manager and adds Windows to the Grub Boot menu. That’s what’s worked for me in the past.

In order to do this I would probably need to install it to the /dev/sdd1 /windows/G

That is the only partition that’s part of my SSD where my windows resides. I’m not sure why it list my SSD two times as /dev/sdd and /dev/sdd1?? Any ideas?

/dev/sdd1 is the only one it appears I would be able to tell it to load the boot loader to.

I might just try Ubuntu on this system and see how that setup goes and then try and load SUSE on one of my other boxes… Thx

Well, I managed to get a strange dual boot setup working for now. After about 3 installs I managed to get a setup that allows me to boot Windows 7 or SUSE.

Hey, glad you got it working.

What kind of motherboard do you have in this rig is it 32 bit or 64 bit without uefi??

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I realized I had version 12.1 on my Linux PEN drive I installed this from. So, I’m going to get 12.2 or 12.3 and see if I can get that loaded to where I can either have Grub take over as my boot manager or us EasyBCD to add the SUSE as a bootable OS. I think I’m on the right path. lol!

Sooooooo, You were actually intstalling 12.1 and not 12.3??? I am now completely confused by your posting, are you actually trying to install openSUSE 12.3 or not???
Never mind, I see you have figured it out. Let us know if you have problems with 12.3.

I managed to finally get my setup how I want it! Only issue I’ve encounter with SUSE is I can’t get Google Earth to work. Other than that it’s pretty nice so far.

Here’s my thread on my setup. See the final post for correct link if anyone is interested. Thx and Enjoy.

MultiDrive Boot Setup

Glad you got it up

Google Earth problem may be a video driver issue. What Video card do you have?

Thanks, I’m running an EVGA Nvidia GTX 680. The first time I tried Google earth on the previous load I already installed the Nvidia Drivers for Geforce 6 Series using this link.

https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:NVIDIA_drivers

I haven’t installed the drivers yet on the latest SUSE load so I might try google earth again without installing those drivers. I forgot the specific error I got when I launch it via the terminal. Launching it from the GUI would show the google earth icon bouncing and then it wouldn’t launch.

I think I also installed something called meta32 drivers or something for 3d support. Nothing I tried worked.

On 2013-03-20 21:06, gogalthorp wrote:
>
> It is not obvious from what you posted that you truely had a RAID setup
>
> OK what kind of RAID? ie hardware or BIOS assist (FAKE)
> Software is out because MS does not do software RAID.

It does. It depends on what Windows version you have if it is available
or not. If I recall correctly it also needs dynamic disc setting.


Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 12.1 x86_64 “Asparagus” at Telcontar)