Installing on 2 HDD without using grub or other booter
I'm new here and I'd just like to say Hello first... so, Hello! :)
I've finally decided to have a serious go at Linux. I've been a windows user for just too long :) Tried Knoppix a few months ago and loved it so I decided to "make the move" and give Fedora core 4 a go.
At the moment, I have 2 HDD. One is 80 GB all NTFS, 4 partitions with XP. Another is 8 GB FAT32 with win98 on it. I do this to download torrents with 98 so that the NTFS partitions are protected (I'm a little paranoid :))
Anyway, I don't use microsoft's bootloader, I just use the motherboard's boot menu (F8 at startup on my m/b) and select which IDE device to boot from.
What I wanted to know is: Is it possible to do this with a linux OS on the 8 GB instead? i.e. not use a boot loader but just do it manually by selecting which IDE to boot from?
Also, I've been reading that writing to NTFS in linux is a bit of a dodgy area so I'm definitely not gonna mess about with it.
What I was wondering was if the NTFS partitions will be protected as they were before when I download torrents (which would be from Linux). They may be able to be seen but would it be enough protection against hacking/viruses to have the NTFS partitions unmounted? Or even if they are mounted, will a virus/hacker even be able to screw anything up then?
Okay, that's it I think. Thanks for your help in advance and kudos to all you dudes for being so helpful in helping people to come over to Linux.