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Hello all, been burying myself in this forum reading alot. I'm set to install Linux (Mandrake) but I have a few questions.
1. I spent alot of time and money on my Win XP box, its tweaked to the gills. My plan is to take an old hard drive I have sitting around (40gb) and put it in my box and use that as my linux drive. I currently have a really fast WD drive in my box.
My question is will this older, slower drive affect the speed of windows if it is a Linux only drive? What I am shooting for here is to make this linux drive invisible to windows so that it doesnt slow my system down.
2. My plan is to remove this linux hard drive and put it in an old box and run my cable/network off the linux box and network with my WinXP box so I can use the networking features of linux.
Is it difficult to setup a network between a linux and winxp box?
3. I also plan on using/ trying a couple different distros on my old system just to play with. I keep reading that some folks have a difficult time setting up dual distros on a single hard drive. What kind of problems could I be facing in doing this, or is it more paranoia then fact?
Distribution: Redhat v8.0 (soon to be Fedora? or maybe I will just go back to Slackware)
You can set up dual distros on a hard drive, but please use separate partitions. And one distro will have the boot loader that will load all the others. I recommend GRUB over LILO.
It is not difficult to network the way you are trying to, many people are using this same set up.
The speed of the Linux disk should not affect your Windows speed. I think it is important to make sure that these disks are on differnet IDE buses or the slower one will drag down your faster disk possibly.