I have two identical hard disks in RAID1 array (no additional hard drives are available). There is a CD/DVD drive and USB. I need a solution for both Windows XP and Linux OS, but as single-OS, no dual booting.
I’ve run into several hassles: Upgrading Linux kernel on a machine where one boots from RAID1 was a major pain. Took several long days.
During backups or partition management, backing up a bootable RAID1 partition is an “advanced” task with Acronis.
I have no PCI slot available so if I buy a quality hw RAID card, I have no slot to install it. My choices are often sw raid or BIOS-level on board RAID.
I’ve had recommendations of non-RAID boot partitions. How large a partition would this be? Is the info read-only? Is the info accessed by the OS only during boot or after boot during normal operation? I reboot every couple months, and I don’t mind a slower boot process if I gain simplicity/robustness.