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First, I literally could not have less Linux experience, but I'm excited to become a member of the community.
Here's my (possible) quandry: I'm building my own computer, and the capstone of the experience is to install and run Linux. (Ubuntu, in this case, unless someone has a better suggestion for a newbie. ) However, as I thumb through my Western Digital hard drive user manual it appears that I need to run XP for it to work. Is this a fact? Am I reading this wrong?
Here's the drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 7200 RPM SATA 3.0 Gb/s hard drive. Here's my hope: People far more resourceful than I will tell me all is well, and that Linux is well within my grasp.
Distribution: Slackware, Windows, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X
Hi bdoublegeez, Welcome to LQ. Generally speaking, hard drives are not OS specific. You could run into minor problems with certain configurations/controllers, etc. but, the hard drive should be fine. Go for it, we'll all be here to help if you have further ?'s.
God luck. ;-)
However, as I thumb through my Western Digital hard drive user manual it appears that I need to run XP for it to work. Is this a fact?
I'm sure it is not.
Am I reading this wrong?
I don't know. I've read a lot of Western Digital documents and generally found them accurate and understandable. So I'd be surprised if it really said you needed XP. But I probably haven't seen exactly the one you read. Maybe the author was confused.
People far more resourceful than I will tell me all is well, and that Linux is well within my grasp.
I'm not that much more resourceful, but all is well regarding your WD hard drive. If you have any trouble installing Linux then
1) The WD hard drive is not likely to be the problem.
2) You've found the right forum to get help if there is any problem.