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Basically, you simply boot from an installation CD (or DVD), and follow the directions. The installer will ask you where you want to set up the partitions for Linux. You will have the option of overwriting existing ones.
Don't get fancy with partitions on your first install---all you need is one partition of ~10-15GB---for the root (/) partition, and maybe 1GB of swap space. (Leave free space on the disk for later additions.
Another method to consider using two disks---put bot OSes on one drive, and format the other FAT32 for data--this can easily be seen by both Windows and Linux.
Having separate hard disks for Windows and Linux makes life real easy for you. I'd recommend to set your existing Windows disk to be primary slave (assuming you are using IDE) and your new HDD primary master. Then install Linux on your first drive and configure Linux bootloader to boot Windows from your second drive. With this setup both operating systems are independent from each other and in case you want remove one disk from your system the other OS will work without any reconfiguring.
There are many variants to use when setting up multibooting. You need to choose one or things get really confusing. But let's start from beginning. Are you going to use the scheme I recommended in post #4? Are you using IDE? Or maybe SATA? Do you know how to set drive jumpers - also in case there is a Cable Select type cable?
"Having separate hard disks for Windows and Linux makes life real easy for you. I'd recommend to set your existing Windows disk to be primary slave (assuming you are using IDE) and your new HDD primary master."
How can I do this? Again, any links are appreciated.
" Then install Linux on your first drive and configure Linux bootloader to boot Windows from your second drive."
How can I configure the Linux bootloader to boot Windows from your second drive? The answer is post#7? If it is, could you provide more details, please?
Now for your last post:
"Are you using IDE? Or maybe SATA?"
I'm not at home right now, but I wil answer this one later.
"Do you know how to set drive jumpers"
I think that is an option in the bios settings, but i'm not sure... Could you explain it?
"also in case there is a Cable Select type cable?"
I don't know. How can I see if there is a Cable Select type cable?
I'd recommend to speed up your learning curve. Right now it seems every answer I give results in more and more questions. There is Google for you, giving answers instantly as soon as they arise. For instance, search for 'install IDE drive' brought up plenty of useful information. Here's just one of them: Installing IDE drives
You are welcome to ask your questions here but this certainly is the slowest way.