install from CD, or dedicated drive?
I have an old cluncker that boasted windows xp with 128 M Ram and frequent failures (also it's 10 years old...). It finally died for good I think, with a chkdsk loop I'm not inclined to fix because windows is not appropriate for this computer anyway. I want to put a small footprint Linux on this computer (I'm thinking damnsmall, any comments?).
Given that I want to swap the hard drive anyway, and will stick it in another pc to save files... and I have an empty hard drive I can pop in, should I:
1) burn a CD and install to the empty hard drive from the CD (caveat: this computer is notoriously finicky with CD's, I've changed the drive out but it doesn't seem to help much)
2) install DSL or other linux on the empty hard drive while it's still in the guts of another PC, then transplant it to the clunker (my question: how to do this when I don't want to mess with the OS of the host PC?)
by the way I did try DSL on a pen, but my BIOS doesn't show my pen drive as a possible boot device :(.
Thanks for your help, I am a total newbie at Linux!!!
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