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Old 07-12-2006, 05:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Linux. New Hard Drive. Sata. Etc.

I don't know what section this belongs in so I figured I'd toss it in here...

I have 2 hard drives, 200 gig main/80 gig slave, both IDE. My other IDE controller is being tied up by my 2 DVD drives (rom/burner = master/slave).

I'm starting school this summer and I'll be learning about linux a bit, and I figured I'd get a head start and check linux out. What I want to do is get like a 120 gig SATA drive and install linux on it. But my question is basically this, how do I determine what to boot from? Do I need a program? Or will the computer see I have 2 master drives and prompt me which to boot on?

Looking at this hard drive for Linux if I decide to get it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136009
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Old 07-13-2006, 11:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You can partition the 200GB HD so you can add a section with ext2 or ext3. You can only have 1 primary drive - it will have the boot file which can boot OSes from other hard drives. So all you have to do is add in the extra drive (if you need too).

Linux usually will create its own once its installed.

There is a Linux forum futher down.
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1. Put the harddrive in the computer.

2. Install Linux.

3. Reboot.



There will be a bootloader asking what OS you want to run.
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