Henry Richardson wrote:
I have a laptop that has 2 drive bays. It came with a 500mb drive and I have an extra 320gb drive from my previous laptop that I want to put in the 2nd drive bay of my current laptop. I don't have a caddy for the 2nd drive and maybe I don't even need one. The 320gb drive slides right in, plugs in, and it works. It appears as drive D in Win7-64. Is there some reason I must have a caddy? It sort of looks like maybe the 2nd drive bay isn't even designed to use a caddy since when the drive is plugged in it fits well and doesn't move around. I have never installed a hd in a laptop before so maybe this is normal, but searching on the web I see lots of references to putting the drive in a caddy.
A caddy shouldn't be needed. If it plugs in okay and seems to be snug in the slot without moving around, it's fine.
I would like to install Linux on the 320gb drive to play around with. I am assuming I can do that and leave Win7-64 on my 500gb drive and then boot from either one. Is that easy to do?
Yup, that's pretty easy. All major Linux distributions will detect the Windows disk during installation and will create a boot-menu that allows you to choose what to boot when you start up your laptop.
On an old computer a couple of years ago I removed WinXP and installed Linux to check out, but that computer died soon after. Now I would like to experiment some more with current versions of Linux, Darktable, digikam, Gimp, etc.