But NO, it was not.
Firstly, Linux started the install, and I noticed it was going to redo my partitions, & I could not change the partition configuration to suit myself. Not happy, ok, not a problem, have not gone too far, restart computer.
Please insert Disk,? What the! Ohhh no, restart PC, noticed that my Raid system had FAILED. Ohh no, what have I done. Okay, so go and delete raid and recreate. Hopefully it will be ok.
Restart PC, with Vista dvd in, boot from that and go to Complete PC Restore. Hmm, seems to be OK. I almost cannot beleice my eyes, it starts restoring Disk1. Stoked with this endevour I start watching a movie while this continues, Disk2 has started, nearly the end of the movie. Disk3 starts, looking great, need another movie. Disk4, Whoo, this ones huge. Well it does have all my crap on it. 2nd movie finishes, hmm, is it still going, looks about 80% done. Cannot move mouse, NOOOOOOOoooooo. Damn computer crashed. I was almost home free.
Restart PC, some motherboard thing loads, damn left CD in drive. Take it out, restart again, Raid Failed! OMG, there are two raid setups. What in the heck is going on? Let it continue, please let Vista start. Nope.
Okay, so I decide to cut my losses. Try and install Suse, get about half way through the install, this crashes also. OK, im not entirely sure whats going on, but im pretty certain its hardware. My head goes into over drive (nuclear meltdown of computer). Calm down. There must be a way out of this situation.
I try installing Vista again, get a bright idea, recreate all the partitions. Ok, this is kinda working, try restoring just system drive from PC backup. Success! Restart computer, OMG it booted vista, okay still missing my other drives. Small loss for now. Not entirely sure what to do without my data. Restart and try and finish my restore. Raid Failed!
OK, take off Raid-0. Install Linux onto 1 drive. Crashed twice, but got there in the end. Okay, looking good. No internet. No fair, this worked perfectly when I tested it. Then it crashed.
OK, install Vista onto other drive, try and restore system backup, nope, does not like this. Not sure why. Okay, just install Vista, starts to copy files onto partition. Crashed.
Yes, this is my worst nightmare. Better to find out now instead of later. Now have a forward replacement motherboard (figured I'd start here) and another HDD, will see if I can get a stable system for 1 week.
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Comment by taniwha, on 17-Dec-2007 15:32
What distro did you choose that didn't let you custom partition?
Comment by David Legg, on 18-Dec-2007 03:00
If you're going to use Suse, you might as well have the benefit of using KDE.
Comment by Caleb, on 18-Dec-2007 11:29
Suse SUCKS. Try Ubuntu I'd recommend, it will let you be very flexible with your partitioning.
It is directly based on Debian, one of the most solid and trusted distributions among Linux fans, and uses the same package management system. But it is also much more intuitive and user-friendly out of the box than is Debian.
Also, I don't know how much you know or don't know about partitioning, but before you go into an install, it's generally REQUIRED to have some sort of FREE SPACE on your hard drive....and by free space I mean unpartitioned space. Not free space like Windows tells you that you have free space to store files. Unless of course, you want to wipe out the already-existing partition, then you're good to go and Ubuntu's partition manager will do that for you automatically if you so specify.