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[opensuse] Installing openSUSE 13.1 alongside OEM Windows 8.1 with Intel Rapid Storage
  • From: Pablo Dotro <pdotro@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:23:17 -0300
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Greetings All!

I just bought a new ultrabook. It came with a 500Gb HDD and a 32 Gb SSD. It is configured as a RAID0 array, and is being used at the moment by the preinstalled Windows 8.1 (8 originally, it upgraded itself). Windows is set to use "Intel Rapid Storage Technology" and "Intel Rapid Start Technology".

As far as I know, this is a software raid technique to use the SSD as a cache for the standard disk, improving speed and response time of windows applications. It is not true hardware raid, but "fakeraid", firmware based.

When I try to install openSUSE (from the KDE liveDVD), I get a message indicating that there are partitions on a raid setup,but when I get to the partitioning part of YAST, I do not see them listed.

I am clueless about the underlying technology (RAID, rapid start/rapid storage), this is my first notebook with this type of configuration.

I tried googling for an answer, but while I found some data about creating RAID sets, and installing from scratch (i.e. without Windows), I have not found a way to set up openSUSE alongside Windows 8.1 in a multiboot configuration in a stable fashion. Disabling Intel Rapid Storage and setting the SATA subsystem to AHCI results in a broken Windows, so I have to keep it working.

Is it possible? Any help is appreciated.
Best regards,


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