Please forgive the duplicate post (which I entered on the WinXP forum), but thought someone on the Linux forum might have experience with the post.
Recently installed Seagate 500Gb SATA HDD on Gateway 500S, originally configured with Maxtor 80Gb IDE HDD. During install and Win XP Pro build on Seagate drive, I simply disconnected the power to the Maxtor HDD to avoid any potential conflicts. The Maxtor HDD has UBuntu Linux installed on it -- it's not configured for dual-boot.
My question is: Is is possible to enable dual-boot for 2 separate HDD's. The only dual-boot work I've ever done was for Win 98 and Win XP and I seem to recall it required that both OS's be installed on 2 separate partitions of the main HDD or, maybe that's all I had available at the time...
The only alternative I can see is to do if not directly possible via dual-boot capability, is to 'disconnect' power on one drive or the other depending on which OS you want to boot to -- might work but is really clunky.
Some details on the process if possible or links to information would also be just as appreciated.
Sounds & looks simple enough. Afraid I'm not the Ubuntu guru in the family - my son's desktop, he's at college.
So, I guess what you're also saying is that by having both HDD's power connected - (remember I disconnected the older Maxtor drive to avoid any potential conflicts and just left it off for now) I won't have any BIOS issues with which HDD boots (only based on BIOS Boot Order setting)?
With this new HDD and 2Gb memory (upgraded from 512Mb), this thing's almost like a new desktop.
Anyway, I had come across a forum post about enabling dual boot on same HDD and went ahead and partitioned the new HDD to about 300Gb/200GB. I figured he could run the unused partition through the Ubuntu disk format program if he still wants to have dual boot capability. Though, I didn't see how to enable a FAT32 on 2nd partition as post indicated would be necessary using the WinXP Fdisk once I opted to format primary partition in NTFS, probably a setting I need to look in the Fdisk doc.