I need a couple of answers... before i install gentoo..
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I have /root and /home on seperate partitions, and made my /home about 4.5 gigs, so I think you'll have enough space for kde. just make sure that you regularly clean /var/tmp/portage and /usr/portage/distfiles, so that it won't give you a "no disk space" error while emerging things. Do it after the initial install before you start emerging KDE (btw, it takes a while).
Not sure I understand your other question. Are you physically removing your hard drive? If you're worried about messing up your primary drive, cause I'm sure there's a better way to keep it safe than removing the drive. The two locations I can think of that you'd need to change /hda to /hdb and vice versa would be grub.conf and /etc/fstab