I have had Suse 10.0 and 11.0 up and running with Windows XP on a two hard drive, 64 bit dual-core AMD computer. The drives were a SATA “C” drive (with Windows XP and Linux partitions) and an EIDE “F” drive (backup drive) with GRUB in the MBR of the “F” drive.
The old “F” drive started to fail the S.M.A.R.T. tests and Windows insisted on scanning it at every boot up so I upgraded that drive to a larger (SATA) drive. The “C” drive is not very old and both drives pass the Western Digital (WD) drive tests.
The “F” drive replacement did not go perfectly smoothly (my fault) and I ended up trying to “repair” Suse 11.0.
The Suse 11.0 OS got screwed up and I checked the Suse 11.0 DVD (should have done that first, I know!) and it came back with errors so I decided to get an 11.1 DVD.
Thanks for your patience so far – just wanted to lay out the background.
I get an “error during installation” right near the very end of the install. When I try to reboot after the install I get command lines. I checked the DVD media and memory and both come back clean. I cannot even seem to “fix” (repair) the 11.1 installation. The installer correctly sees the Linux partitions of “root”, “swap” and “home” and recommends formatting the “root” partition which I agree to.
Do I need to do something special with two SATA drives? What other info could I provide to help get this 11.1 installation to be successful?