Solved

Linux installation question

Posted on 2004-04-07
6
255 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-15
Hello experts,

Before I ask the question I need to strees that I'm a newbie when it comes to linux/unix environmnent, however I recently got fascinated by it and obtained (via my school instructor who works for Sun) the new Sun Java Desktop System and would like to run on my home PC which is now running Windows.  

Now I have found resources out there that talk about running two systems on one drive, however the way I want to do this is to buy a seperate HD and run it from there.  And here is the question: how do i go about this? I assume I have to conect the new drive as a slave drive and then partition it and set up Linux to install on it.  However if it will be a slave drive how will I be able to boot from it without having to change BIOS every time I restart? Is there a way of running two master drives? Or am I just tottaly off base on this.  Please let me know and please post any issues/concerns I should look out for.  I would really hate to loose my current windows files during the installation, so if you have pointers, etc, I would realy apreciate it.

Thanks,

-w
0
Comment
Question by:Fushi
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 3
6 Comments
 
LVL 1

Expert Comment

by:XionNET
ID: 10778833
GRUB and Lilo (Linux bootloaders) will both let you boot from different HDDs on boot up.
0
 
LVL 2

Author Comment

by:Fushi
ID: 10778861
I assume this is something I install after the Linux installation.  And also what about Windows? Will it ask me every time I restart which drive I need to boot from?
0
 
LVL 1

Expert Comment

by:XionNET
ID: 10778871
A boot loader screen will come up asking you to chose which OS and each option will point to a different drive. Set the new drive as the master and install Linux and the bootloader on that one, and just add an entry for the Windows drive (slave).
0
Why Off-Site Backups Are The Only Way To Go

You are probably backing up your data—but how and where? Ransomware is on the rise and there are variants that specifically target backups. Read on to discover why off-site is the way to go.

 
LVL 2

Author Comment

by:Fushi
ID: 10778956
ok, thanks, so just to double check, this is how it would go

I would first set the new drive as slave so I could install linux on it. then after the installation I would switch the new drive to master and the old one to slave? One thing I'm not sure about is, the moment of transition so like lets say I installed linux on the slave and  added the bootloaders, then I turn my PC of switch the drives and then when I boot it back up it should bring up that screen? As I said I'm fairly new to this so please bare with me
0
 
LVL 1

Accepted Solution

by:
XionNET earned 125 total points
ID: 10778980
1. Put in the new drive and set it as master and set the old as a slave.
2. Boot from the Linux CDs/Floppies or whatever you're planning on installing. If you are using RedHat (probobly best for a person like you), then RedHat will automatically install the boot loader for you and ask you waht you want it to display on startup during the install.
3. Install Linux
4. If you/it installed the bootloader correctly, you should see a Grub/LILO screen come up and ask you what you want to boot from.
0
 
LVL 2

Author Comment

by:Fushi
ID: 10779017
ok, great, thanks, I will run thru the installation and get back to you.

Thanks again
0

Featured Post

Don't Cry: How Liquid Web is Ensuring Security

WannaCry is just the start. Read how Liquid Web is protecting itself and its customers against new threats.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

In this article we will discuss all things related to StageFright bug, the most vulnerable bug of android devices.
#Citrix #POC #XenDesktop #vCenter #VMware #ESX
This is used to tweak the memory usage for your computer, it is used for servers more so than workstations but just be careful editing registry settings as it may cause irreversible results. I hold no responsibility for anything you do to the regist…
How to Install VMware Tools in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 (RHEL 6.4) Step-by-Step Tutorial

728 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question