Can Linux handle my computer?
Hi everyone. I've been getting into fiddling with my computer for the past several months and I really want to give Linux a fair shake. Currently, I have been repeatedly frustrated by a Ubuntu, which I run off of a 16GB USB flash drive. The RAID setup I have on my system doesn't work with Ubuntu, it seems. This is how I have the hard drives set up currently (Windows 7). All this is controlled by the motherboard's RAID (in the Bios?). I think it's an Intel RAID setup.
2 x 320GB disks in a RAID Stripe setup (640 GB total). This is where the OS is installed as well as any applications. If I'm editing a large movie or picture file, I put it on this array to take advantage of the speed.
2 x 2TB disks in a RAID mirror. This is where I store all my data files to protect against a hard drive failure.
1 x 128GB SSD that is used soley for the Windows cache drive.
From what I have heard, Ubuntu doesn't support my "fake raid" and will not ever be able to recognize my hard drives, which seems odd to me since the RAID is controlled in the BIOS, which seems to me like it should be taken care of by the time the OS starts to boot.
So...can I get linux to work on my machine? Usually when I have asked for help before the Linux people just seem like they want to insult my hard drive setup and tell me it's no good, but I've been lurking here and this place seems pretty helpful, so I'll give it one last chance, I guess.
Is there a way to get Ubuntu or another newbie-friendly distribution to work?
If not, I would be willing to entertain other ideas -- maybe split off the two 2TB drives and make one a "data" drive and the other a "backup" drive? I can then use something like Free File sync to back up a couple times per day or something. I can then put Ubuntu on the 2TB data drive and have it work solely with that one.
Also, for my 2 x 320 GB striped drives, that is way more space than I'll ever need. I'd be fine if I ran that as a striped volume at 250 gigs or something. I'm not sure if I can reparition those drives and have them still be striped or not.
Anyways, I'm just throwing out some ideas. I'm open to suggestions. Ideally, I would be able to keep my hard drives and RAID setup the way it is, but I can work around it with Free File Sync if necesarry.