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Old 08-31-2012, 08:03 AM   #1
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Red face Wiping clean wd500gb hard drive of Sun OS

To all,
Nice to be aboard. I see some extremely great talent and knowledge in these forums.
My questions is this; How do I remove sun 5.10 os from a hard drive? I am looking to find a way to retain a windows 7 hard drive as a primary drive, then I wish to add the second drive (on a IBM xeon server)with hot swap bays), install linux OS (any recommendations would be greatly appreciated)onto it. Can I access both drives on a system?
Can I make the second drive linux OS'd drive bootable? have some knowledge of unix. I need linux for dummys,
Thank you.
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How do I remove sun 5.10 os from a hard drive?
Is Sun 5.10 the only thing on the drive, no other data/partitions/booting operating systems?
If yes then install your favorite Linux distro and select using the entire hard drive. Be careful which hard drive you select.
If no then we will need to look at the partitions and what ou need to keep.

If the Windows 7 drive is alreay in use on the system the next part of your question is easy. Set the Linux hard drive as the primary boot drive, install your distro to the other hard drive and it should recognize the Windows hard drive and add an entry to the boot manager, easy.

Can I access both drives on a system?
Linux will be able to see both Linux file systems (likely ext3) and NTFS filesystem for Windows. Windows will not have access to the ext3 Linux file system.

As far as distributions go, I normally recommend starting out with either Ubuntu or Mint, both are very easy. Ubuntu can be booted from a CD/DVD in order to get used to using Linux.


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