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Hi, Could somebody please help me. I'm very new to Linux and I'm looking to install redhat onto another harddrive on my machine. I already run win2K and would also like to be able to install Linux but not sure how I go about it. The new harddrive is completely empty and would be dedicated to Linux?! Thanks for any help......
I'm a newb too, but I managed to get it going. I stalled Redhat 7.2 so others might be different. You don't necessarily need a new harddisk, just separate partitions. You need 1 partition for win2k (FAT32 file system), 1 partition for Linux(ext2 or ext3 file system) and an optional 3rd partition for a Linux swap file (swap file system). The swap partition is supposed to make things faster and more stable, although if the partition is on the same harddisk I fail to see how that's going to work. If you have 2 harddisks, make the partition on a separate HD from Linux. This way you double your performance when Linux performs R/W and swap file if modified at the same time.
Besides that, installation is pretty self explainatory. All my drivers were automatically detected so I got up and running pretty quickly.
dual booting win2k and redhat is not that difficult, especially when you have a seperate hard dr for linux. i am very new to linux, and i have two pcs dual booting redhat 8.0 with win98
and winxp. dual booting may be one of the easiest things to do with linux.
go to redhat's website and download the pdf install guide-its actually quite good. pay attention while you install. pay really close attention to the install when you choose your partitions,
and when you set up your bootloader. these steps are nicely
explained during the install process-really.
there are plenty of howto's and stuff about dual booting-try to
search these out in this forum and others, there are plenty of books at the bookstores covering redhat.
you will find that the more experienced linux users will be more willing to help you when you show them you are using available resources on a well docc'ed issue such as dual booting.
i recommend that you stay with grub as default bootloader.
i highly rec that that you read up available stuff, and then pay close attn to your install.
back up your data, have a win2k boot media ready, and also make a redhat boot floppy during install. that way your are covered in case of install booboos.
FYI, in 99 out of 100 times you can setup a dual boot with no problems at all. However, some people who dual boot with Win2k have difficulties, especially if you let disk druid create partitions. If you install linux and all of a sudden your bootup takes forever and everything seems to crawl on Win2k then you're one of those unfortunate few and you need to have fdisk create your partitions instead of disk druid.