Tips on installing Linux on a seperate hard drive?
I'm about to install Slackware on to my computer. Currently, it is running WinXP on one hard drive. The other hard drive I haven't physically installed just yet, but I will do so shortly. It is on this latter hard drive that I plan to install Linux (I think I'm right in believing that it's a good idea to have WinXP and Linux on seperate hard drives). I'm pretty sure that I'll be able to follow the install instructions, but I was wondering if there was any extra instructions or tips that my situation (i.e. two OS's, each on their own hard drive) warrants. Or can I simply boot from the Slackware CDs, log in as root, and issue the "fdisk /dev/hdb" command (assuming that I'm going to use fdisk - I think I might use cfdisk instead - and that my new hard drive will be the primary slave), and then create partitions and follow the rest of the standard install instructions?
I just had a thought. Let's say I do the following:
1) I physically install the second hard drive.
2) I install Slackware on to this hard drive.
I assume now that on reboot I will get a choice of which OS to start up? Oh wait, this is the job of LILO isn't it? Would LILO have any problems with my setup? What happens when I start up WinXP the first time after I've done steps 1 and 2? Will WinXP go into a fit and trash the data on my Linux hard drive?