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Old 11-13-2008, 08:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone, I'm new to these forums so I thought I'd just say hello to you guys first!

I currently have a decent mid-upper range computer:
Intel E6750 2.66GhZ C2D
4gig Ram
8800GTS 512
700W OCZ

As of now I have a 250GB hard drive, and I am going to start the dive into computer programming. Since Linux is widely considered the best programmers OS, i wanted to install that, while keeping my Windows Vista OS.
Since two OS's would somewhat cram my harddrive, I was wondering if I would be able to install a second hard drive and just put Linux on there. If I could do this, would I also be able to switch back and forth?

-Thanks for the help.

Also, should I look at upgrading my CPU/Ram for programming at all?
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Old 11-13-2008, 08:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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yes
switching back and forth

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no need to upgrade
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Old 11-13-2008, 08:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Alright thanks! Then I plan on putting another 250GB in there...
what type of connector do i need to link the two hard drives together?
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you don't
just connect the new drive to the mother board and you are good to go
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sounds simple haha. Thanks again Clown.
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Hi and welcome

Yes you can switch back and forth either via grub bootloader and restarting the pc or through virtualisation which allows you to run both OS environments at the same time. I would also partition your new drive into around 60gb partitions so that you can run multiple distros as they are all quite different and intriguing. Maryan linux is a good one to trial the different environments as it contains 4 of the fastest lightweight designs and ubuntu or fedora are the big shot favourites.
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