How 'portable' is a Linux installation?
Here is my situation. I have several raptor s-ata drives in two striped arrays that I cannot install Linux on because there is no Linux driver for my EX8350 controller. I had an ata drive laying around though so I installed it and had it dedicated to Linux. problem I have now is that i need to install Vista and want to put in on that same drive, and I know installing windows after linux is toruble, allthough repairable I suppose. but more than that the problem is the size of that drive, only 40G. So I want to replace that 40G ata drive with an 80 I got coming back from an RMA and use Acronis to copy the 40g drive to the 80g drive. then I will have enough space to install Vista and the repair the Linux install so that drive dual boots Linux and Vista.
What I am unsure about is the copying of the current Linux drive to the new drive - can I do this with Acronis? Or is there a Linux specific imaging program I might have better luck with? Any suggestions other than what I outlined here for accomplishing this? And lastly, what if I threw into the mix changing the drive to a s-ata 80g intead of the ata 80g I firstmentioned (would like Linux and vista on a s-ata drive but I suppose I can live with ata if I must). I have both an NVIDIA (NF4) and SiS s-ata on board.
Thanks in advance for suggestions/information.
AMD 64 4000+ (getting FX60 in Jan.), K8N Neo4, nForce4 U, 2G Mushkin XP3200 DDR400, 4 WD Raptor 10k RPM S-ATA HDDs in Promise SuperTrak EX8350 RAID_0 Array, OCZ 520W PS, ATI x1800 XT (512M), Audigy2 ZS