I have a 1 Terabyte HDD which is currently empty storage space for Windows which is on SSD. I want to split the HDD to two 500GB partitions and use first half as Windows storage space and the other half for Linux distro.
During Linux install when choosing to create the partitions yourself, there is an option to select the device for bootloader install. In this case i want to avoid dual-boot so i would choose the HDD for the Linux bootloader (so if i want to boot Linux, i would have to go through BIOS and change boot order between SSD and HDD).
I have done this operation before, but i used the whole disk back then for Linux.
What i want to know is if i install Linux on that other half of HDD, will it compromise my Windows install even if the bootloaders and installs are both on different disks?
Windows + Windows bootloader on SSD, and Linux + Linux bootloader on HDD.
Can the Linux install (other half) mess up Windows through the empty Windows storage partition (first half) on the HDD?