New Linux install- Ext. HD detection concern - YAST
i apologize in advance if this isnt the exact location i should be posting this but i think this is the best place for it???
heres my situation:
- currently runnning windows xp
- 80 GB internal HD
- 1 GB RAM
- Sempron AD 2500+ processor 1.75 Ghz
- new, unused 250GB samsung spinpoint 2504c external HD
- have 60 GB + of mp3s/photos
- want to switch to linux suse 9. 3 or 10???(i think??? havent completely made up my mind yet, hafta do some more research
on the forum regarding which distribution and which version would be best for me)
- i want to run a dual boot system and dedicate the new ext hd to linux as well as most of the internal hd, leaving maybe
15 GB for windows...i know most of u will say why keep windows, and that i will likely hardly ever use it once i have
converted, but i figure if and when i screw up my linux while playing around with it for the first few weeks (as my friend
has done more than once since converting last month), then at least i will still have access to the internet and a
functional computer thru windows...
- i plan on formatting the internal hd/computer so that i can start with a fresh/clean slate on my computer to install
suse linux, and a reinstall of windows xp, as i have had some sporadic problems with it, and have had numerous install and
uninstalls since i got the computer, so i would like to clean it all up before starting over....
1) Will YAST detect my new hard drive ok?(samsung sp 2504c)
2) Is YAST easy to use (for a newbie) to custom partion
my hard drive as I see fit, as opposed to using the
defaults given at the installation stage?
3) as i fully anticipate messin up my linux os at least once while learning how to use it, how do i go about not losing my
music and stuff if i hafta reinstall linux???is it as simple as storing them in a seperate partition of the hd, or if linux
gets screwed is everything else associated with it screwed as well???
4) i havent bakt up any of my music or photos to dvd yet...what i was considering was hookin up the new external hd and
transferring all of my music/photos and other files to it...
- is it possible after i have transferred the music over to the ext hd with windows, that after i install linux on the
computer, that i could partition the external for linux and still have my music/photos/documents, but now on linux????or
would they still be windows??
- or would i be better off to burn all my mp3s/photos/documents to dvd (gotta do it eventually anyway), format, install
linux and xp as desired, and then reload the music to the hd thru linux???
5) on a dual boot system, is it possible for a virus received via windows to pass thru to the rest of the linux controlled
hopefully i have explained my situation clearly enuff, and you can understand what it is i want to accomplish, and are able
to give me some suggestions/advice on how to go about it....
sorry if this seems like a lot of rookie/uniformed questions, but i am a spoon-fed windows user who just recently got into
computers (albeit with a vengeance--read: spending way too many hours staring at a screen) and im lookin to get out of the
rut/trap of windows, but need a bit of help...im not a complete idiot with computers, but know just enuff to be dangerous
to my system....
thank you very much for your time and input,