Just got a new computer and would like to take my old hard drive and install only linux on it
(right now a partitioned drive with XP and Slack10.1)
So, I would really hate to install over my nice clean XP hard drive so I was wondering, would it be best to just unplug the new hard drive, install the old one and load slackware on it (getting rid of the partitions) or just go ahead and install Linux on the slave drive?
Seems to me that it would "safer" if I just do the "unplug the new hard drive" situation.
So here is what I am thinking of doing...
1. Unplug new hard drive
2. Plug in old hard drive
3. Install Slackware on old hard drive
4. Set WindoZe to Primary and Linux to Slave (understand there are some problems having Windows set to slave, not sure though)
5. Set my BIOS to boot from the secondary (slave drive)
However, I would need to configure LILO to recognize the primary drive so I still have the option of which to boot from. Not sure how to do that. Guess I could look at lilo.conf and see how it lists the partitions and just label the Windows drive as /dev/hda?
Or, I could just unplug the drive and install slack on the old drive, put them both back in with Windows being Master and Slack being slave and then just go into the bios on reboot and choose which drive to start from? Seems kind of a pain to do it that way though.
Make sense? If there are some previous discussions on this, please post a link.
I couldn't find anything in the search, it kept timing out on me
Thanks in advance!