Need some help on what to do with my hard drive

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cornflake82

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Ok all,

Here is my situation. Recently, my PSU went, bought a new one and now my computer won't start up. I posted here a few days ago about what might be my issue, well, after trying everything I know how (which isn't too much but I'm learning - studying A+) I just decided to build me a new one (old one was 3 yrs old). I purchased the following:
memory: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?Sku=C19-9502

HDD: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?Sku=TSD-80AS6 SY

MoBo: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?Sku=P450-9110

CPU: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?Sku=CP2-DUO-E4700

Case: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?Sku=TC3J-4040 P

(backup) DVD burner: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?Sku=S167-4520

I have a seagate 160GB (IDE) that has my WinXP Home w/ SP2 with 3 partitions (one with XP, 2 for docs, misc things).

I would like to put Fedora (Linux) on the new SATA HDD that i ordered, but I would like to dual boot, but I am afraid that the IDE HDD won't work. I have 2 other HDD that are IDE but are full of all pics and home movies that are in enclosures. I really don't want to uninstall XP just to use it as needed for Windows based programs.

If I put the IDE 160GB on slave, would PC see it as OS if Fedora is on Master? I am not too familiar with Linux, but I hate windows, so I'm giving it a try.
Any suggestions? Thanks!
 
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Hi there,

Actually, this process is fairly simple. Just set the new drive up as master and the Windows drive as slave. Install FC (Fedora Core) on the master and when given the opportunity to install the bootloader, make sure you choose the MBR or boot sector rather than just the partition. When you are finished, you should have the GTUB bootloader menu come up when the PC starts and it will give you an option of booting FC or Windows (assuming you configured the drives correctly).

If anything should go wrong, just post it here and I will help you out.

Hope this helps.
 
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