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Old 02-06-2004, 01:52 PM   #1
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2nd hdd for linux

hi ive decided to take the bull by the horns and install suse 6.3 on my pc i know its an older distro but i got it with a big install manual to hold my hand in casse i get stuck.
ive got windows on my main pc but ive got a spare hdd would it be possible to install suse on the 2nd hdd which will be slaved to the windows hdd i dont want thehassle of switching hdds all the time and eventually id like to get shut of windows alltoghther.
Old 02-06-2004, 02:07 PM   #2
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Yes, you can install Linux onto a second hard-drive.

You will need to decide how you want to boot your system...

1) You can let Linux take control and install either LILO or GRUB. This usually works fine. You choose at boot-up which OS to start, either Linux or Windows.

B) If you have NT/2000/XP, you can have Windows boot the system. I don't, so I don't know what you would have to do to make it work.

III) You can let Windows boot Windows, and boot Linux off a floppy. This is the safest for your Windows install. It is slower to boot, though.
Old 02-06-2004, 02:12 PM   #3
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If your question is: is it possible to install Linux on a second hard drive? Then answer is yes. Just install Lilo in the MBR and you'll be set. Make a boot floppy justin case.
Old 02-06-2004, 03:32 PM   #4
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thanks for the advice but i dont have floppy drives on my pc i prefer cd-rw can i boot from a cd-rw or will i need to get a floppy disc drive for my system?
Old 02-06-2004, 05:35 PM   #5
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I think it (the suse 6.2 cd's) MIGHT have bootable images on them....
just set your BIOS to load the cd-rom first, and away you go

P.S. If all else fails, get a new version, and use here as your big thick manual. Suse 9.0 Install is VERY EASY to understand and use.
Old 02-06-2004, 06:03 PM   #6
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thanks smartcat i`m a total noob and quite hard work will the manual for 6.2 be roughly the same for 9.0 as this is my first step into linux and i really want to get to grips with linux as what i`ve read so far its got me hooked.
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Or, do it the other way: Make Linux the first drive and install that way (with Windows on the second drive). Nothing in Win32 gets altered that way (MBR intact). SUSE will likely ask if you wanna include the Win in the boot options. If it gives you trouble, which it likely won't, come here for help. At worst, you can unplug the drive with Linux on it and put the Windows drive back on the master spot.
Old 02-06-2004, 06:12 PM   #8
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hmmm thanks vectordrake i`ll give that a go i`ll keep you posted how i get on.


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