Thanks so much for your reply. I actually just put the hard drive in after I posted that question. It seems to already be partitioned. I formatted it through MS DOS (in windoz) by typing format E: and it seems to have worked for the smaller partition, but for the larger partition it says that it is "write protected"
I have been running linux from the knoppix cd for about two weeks now to try it out. I decided to install it because it is so slow running from the cd, and I had the extra drive available to me.
The question that I have now is how to get past that write protection so that I can clear the larger segment of the HD and install the new OS.
For clarification: If I just install the OS now will it do all the formatting too (allowing the OS to be the only thing on the drive)?
And finally, what is the command line to install linux on the hard drive?