Holy mother of God!
I hate Microsoft. I hate Windows. I want to hit them both. With a hammer.
Why couldn't the hot-shot programmers at Microsoft stick a little "somethin-somethin" in the installation screens that tells you that the install WILL take the rest of your natural life, and perhaps a little longer? Unless it was in that license agreement I didn't read, at no time until WAY after it was too late to turn back did it warn me that it would take several hours. And why the heck can't I turn back and come back to the install later, like after it is done formatting the partition? Shouldn't that be an option? I hate it. I hate it with a passion. The Linux setup doesn't take that long. It is nice and quick. Why does Microsoft have to suck so much? Better yet, why can't I be one of the mindless drones that doesn't try to install operating systems? Why can't I live a happy life in my ignorance? Darn it all. I wonder how many people die each year waiting for Windows to install. I bet it's more than zero. Wouldn't it be horrible to die trying to install something that sucked as much as Windows? Grrr!
That's the end of the rant. Tomorrow, I guess I need to figure out how to get the data off my other hard drive and onto the new one. I think I need suggestions here... here's the scenario.
Previously, I had a hard drive with Windows XP. Then I installed another hard drive, and installed Redhat 8.0 on there. I needed to dual boot, so GRUB was installed on the XP drive. Everything worked great.
It was time for an upgrade to the Linux hard drive, and time for a reformat of the Windows one. I wanted to make sure that I had a working hard drive with all of my Windows stuff on it, just incase something went wrong with installing Windows and whatnot. Here's my goal:
80 GB HD (new) with a fresh WinXP install as primary boot - with some of the data that's currently on the other 80 GB drive
80 GB HD (old), formatted (after data is transfered), with Redhat 8 installed.
Here's what I have right now:
80 GB HD (new) with a fresh install of WinXP. This hard drive is currently not connected to anything.
80 GB HD (old) with all my data and WinXP. It also has the GRUB bootloader thing installed on it.
1.2 GB HD (really old) with RH 8 on it. I don't care about anything on this hard drive, but if I disconnect it and leave the old 80GB connected, I can't boot my computer. I also can't boot if this is the only drive connected.
I can boot if the new, and just the new drive is connected. I can boot if the two other drives are connected. I haven't tried with the two 80 GB... will I have a problem, since WinXP is installed on both of them, and because of GRUB on the old drive? What do I do? I need my data, and I *REALLY* don't want to back it up on CD.
Gah, this was a long post. Sorry about that.