The key is when you click start shut down in windows it must actually turn off the box, and not stop at, "it is okay to turn off your computer" Now I have no clue how you test this with linux. Easy enough to test boot. Just stick the DVD in and see if it boots
Other than that I would lean toward just getting an IDE drive to have more storage than your 5 18gb drives. This way you could just swap it in and out and keep your Linux.
@still grey, thanks for your reaction. It's good to see this is an active forum
I agree testing if it boots at all is fairly simple. However if for some odd reason it does'nt boot I would like to be sure that's it's not some kind of hardware / config issue, especially since there are also some other possible problems such as brand of DVD disk, " bad burning of DVD" etc.
I would like to keep the SCSI disks, currently they are in a proprietary IBM raid config (I think it's 1E), however that can be changed. Right now I don't want to invest in new hardware for this relatively old machine. The current config has sufficient space for testing.
I would like to know if anyone has experience with a similar hardware config, either positive or negative.