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Old 02-15-2013, 05:44 PM   #1
smitty65534
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Original install


I am receiving my "install disk" tomorrow and have decided to remove the C drive and replace with a clean 160gb disk. My plan is to install the original disk in the system (Dell 755) as the number two drive. Hopefully this will allow me to have access to some of the programs/drivers from the Windows XP Pro installation. Can anyone tell me if I will have problems with this setup?

This computer is not my primary system and if it fails - it fails.

Thanx - Smitty
 
Old 02-15-2013, 05:52 PM   #2
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Ok so you are going to take your hard drive which is currently on your primary SATA bus and relocate it to the second one? This won't be a problem and you will be able to mount the second drive and have access to your content on a file level. You will not get any of your XP driver support or be able to run any of those apps. But you will still be able to boot from it by going to your boot menu in the bios and selecting your second drive.

JUST DONT FORMAT OR MESS WITH THE PARTITIONS ON THE SECOND DRIVE!

I would actually recommend leaving your known-good drive completely out of the system until your linux os is up and running. That way you don't accidentally break the MBR or something else. Then you can just plug it in and do a basic mount command.


And above everything else: MAKE A BACKUP!

You should be pretty safe here just think ahead before you start getting click happy during the install.
 
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:17 PM   #3
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Backup -

Thanks for the input. I'm really not worried about making a backup. I have been having problems with this system for two or three months. I'm not sure if it was due to a software or electrical problem. The system will not boot if I have it recognize any of the drives other than SATA0. I had been using SATA2 for all my additional files (music, photos, etc). I found another motherboard on ebay and it arrived yesterday. If I am not able to recognize the other drives using Linux, I'll change out the motherboard and start over.

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Old 02-15-2013, 06:24 PM   #4
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Sounds like a plan, let us know if you have problems with detecting the other drive. Could be something simple like a kernel module.
 
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Old 02-16-2013, 04:07 PM   #5
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Mint installed

Installed on the 4th attempt. I purchased Linux Mint 14 from "ShopLinuxOnLine.com" and attempted to load it on a clean hard drive. The disk is also "live" and it worked perfectly, except for loading. It would copy all files properly and then stall. On the 4th try, I switched to the drive that is loaded with Windows XP and tried again. I also did one thing differently. I had checked the "automatic" box on the first three tries, but on this one, I decided to enter a user name and password. That is what made the difference. The software immediately installed and everything is running fine (and very FAST). I have one more major project today and that is to load "Wine." I use "Replay Music" and have been advised that it will function properly using Wine.

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Old 02-16-2013, 04:41 PM   #6
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Replay Music only has the Bronze rating on the Wine Application Database, so be aware that you very likely will not be able to use every feature and/or that there may be occasional crashes.
 
Old 02-17-2013, 04:40 PM   #7
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Thanks to everyone

I'm getting there. Finally installed on a clean hard drive. I've loaded about 10,000 mp3 music tracks that I previously recorded using Replay Music. Connected an HP Deskjet printer that was not being used and it installed instantly when powered up. Connected a small 802.11 wireless ant and have a good signal from my wifi source.

The only installation problem was when the system asked to either log on automatically or via user name and password. When I finally selected password (4th try), it continued on without any other problems.

The only thing I have remaining (until I think of something else) is to install Wine. I'll figure that out in the next few days.

Thanks again for all the input.

Smitty
 
  


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