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I want to install a new hard drive onto my PC, an HP media center PC, and then I want to install Linux on that drive so that I can have Windows and Linux on my machine. I don't know anything about 1) what kind of hard drive to get, 2) how to install it, or 3) how to get my computer to switch between hard drives. Any advice would be appreciated.
any hardrive will work, installing is only a matter of opening the case, putting it in (there are books, magazines and online content you can browse that will show you that) setting your first harddrive to master and the second to slave. And then installing linux and letting GRUB manage your Windows and Linux partitions. If you have partition magic that would be even better.
Distribution: Mainly Debian and Mepis, but also Slackware, Arch and Mandriva
The drive in your system will either be IDE or SATA, check the documentation that came with your system, watch the POST screens (if it says Primary Master, Primary Slave, etc. it's IDE, otherwise check wether the SATA controller reports rgar it has any device connected to it) or opwn up your box and check. Then buy a drive using the required interface. To install, boot from your distro CD and choose to install it on your new drive (eg. hdb for an IDE drive as a slave on the primary IDE channel). When partitioning, make a partition twice the size of your RAM to use as swap (type 82) and making the rest the root partition should be sufficient. LILO/GRUB will brobably be installed to the MBR of the first drive, allowing you to boot iinto Windows as well (if not, just edit /etc/lilo.conf or /erc/grib.conf as appropriate).
You could partition the first drive for Windows & Linux, then set the second drive as "My Documents" for windows, and "/home" for Linux. This will give you one place to store all your data and make reinstalling the OS quick and easy.
Originally posted by 1337_penguin LILO/GRUB will brobably be installed to the MBR of the first drive, allowing you to boot iinto Windows as well (if not, just edit /etc/lilo.conf or /erc/grib.conf as appropriate).
After editing lilo.conf, you'll need to run /sbin/lilo (that's where it is on my system) and the same will probably apply to grub.conf (different executable though, obviously).