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Old 08-26-2008, 10:23 AM   #1
HogHeaven
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Question Install Linux on a second disk drive


OK, a REAL newbie here.
I have been reading a lot about the Linux systems. I know that Linux boots from partitions. My question is can I install Linux on a second hard drive, having both XP and Linux as OSs? I know Windoze boot has to be installed in the first 1024 cylinders. Does Linux have this requirement?
I have seen others that installed to an external usb drive. Is this a possibility with no Linux files on the system other than the external drive?
 
Old 08-26-2008, 10:25 AM   #2
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If you already have Windows installed and have a spare secondary drive, just boot up with whatever distribution you choose, most will detect the Windows and setup Grub or Lilo (bootloaders) to dual boot.

Try searching this site and or a google search for dual boot, as this is asked all the time with plenty of details laid out and ready to be read.
 
Old 08-26-2008, 10:29 AM   #3
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Thanks triokykid,
I searched, but apparantly did not know what to search for.
Headed there now.
 
Old 08-26-2008, 10:33 AM   #4
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Thanks triokykid,
I searched, but apparantly did not know what to search for.
Headed there now.
Yeah, if you've decided on what distribution to use (Fedora, Ubuntu, etc), that can help narrow the search to be specific to each distribution. Come back if you run into any problems or have more questions.
 
Old 08-27-2008, 08:17 AM   #5
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Can I suggest you try out linux live cds or dvds first.

Not all are designed to be both live and install, but most good ones will detect your hardware which is very important and allow you to use the internet.

Laptops can be a bitch tho depending on wireless cards.

If you have the bandwith....live cd/dvds to consider are

For old hardware
puppy
damn small linux

For new hardware (it huge so I will be crude and suggest only a few)
sidux
knoppix
slax
mepis
pclinuxos
linuxmint
 
  


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