In the bigger picture, I am expecting too much to upgrade 1 to 8? Should I give up and just install fed 8 from scratch?
DO NEITHER .
it is 100% imposable to upgrade to 8
fedora 8 is also a dead version
that hda issue is do to the fact fedora calls ALL disks as sd ( ide and sata alike)
this changed someplace around fedora 6
just save important data
-- your photos,videos,tax docs ,...
then reformat the drive to ext 4 or blank and install fedora 12
fedora 13 will be out very soon