Let me just get this out of the way first. The machine I am planning to put this on is a new computer with two HDDs. one is a WD Velociraptor, 10,000 RPMs 160GB and the other is a WD Caviar Black 7200 RPMs 650GB. Core i7, 12 GB RAM, Gigabyte NVIDIA 9600GT, Gigabyte UD5 Mobo, Plextore Dual Layer/Light scribe, Presonus Firebox. I am currently running windows 7 on the 10,000 RPM drive. Any compatibility warnings would be appreciated. Anyway...
I installed Linux Mint 6 a long time ago on my old main computer and had a lot of trouble getting rid of grub when I decided I didn't want it anymore. In fact, I never got rid of it and I ended up losing a good 100GB on my HDD until I finally decided to format and install windows fresh. I don't think (or at least hope) that will be the case this time, and I just want to see what my options are. Also, I don't like the fact that grub slows down my boot up time when I want to get in windows.
Here are the options I have considered. If it is impossible, just plain stupid, or not easy enough for a n00b (me) please say so:
1) I basically want it to log in to windows every time by default (as quick as normal, not even seeing linux as an option), and only log into Mint when I hold down a certain key at boot. Is this possible?
2) Or maybe, is it possible to install this on a partition of the 650GB HDD so it will only boot into linux when I have that drive as the main boot drive?
3) Or can I install this on a partition of one of my external drives, and boot from that when its plugged in?
The whole HDD, partitioning, and booting is the only thing that has been keeping me from Mint. I use Mint as more of something to play around in, learn from, and show off to my friends occasionally; and less of a main OS to handle my media. This is why I want to keep it as far, tucked away as possible, and want to make sure I wont have a problem with completely getting rid of it and getting all of that used space back if that time ever arrives. Please help me, this is crucially needed information for me to get back on the amazing Linux Mint!