No need for dual boot. Once I get Vector going on hda, all I plan for the second HDD is data (or a 2nd Linux distro).
I've been reading, and I think I should adjust my partitions - I've got 10GB designated for my 'root' partition, and I see a much smaller partition is recommended; linux-swap is 4GB (twice my RAM); and the rest of the 120GB HD is '/home.' Should the swap partition follow the first, or does it not matter?
Would you suggest anything different? Are all the other files (lib/usr/bin, etc.) except for "/home" which I've designated for hda2, loaded to hda automatically?
I'm leaning towards yet another install, using GParted when it gets to that step. I'd re-size my first partition (smaller), and try to make sure the /root and most of the rest of the install goes there; does the linux-swap need to be next, followed by the bulk of the capacity for '/home?'
Should I format the 2nd HD drive, or not worry about that until later? I keep thinking about the
"Fatal: First sector of /dev/hdd1 doesn't have a valid boot signature" error from LILO.
Does it need a valid boot signature?
Isn't that (hdd1) the HDD that I'm not using (yet)?
I've been playing around with Linux for literally years - MepisLite, then Dreamlinux on an old Celeron 400 with 256K RAM.
This is now our home machine, and WinXP just wasn't getting it done for us. I tend to think in MS Wndows terms, even though I know Linux works differently (and better), so I apologize in advance for so many questions, most of which probably reveal a lot still to learn.