Simple question about multiple hdds in my computer

There are two hard drives in my family computer. Both are running xp professorial. When the computer starts up, you pick which hard drive to boot from. I want to reinstall the os on one of the hard drives. Can I temporary disconnect the other hard drive while I reinstall the os. I need to make sure that after i'm done the computer will still ask which drive to boot from.
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  1. I did this with a computer that had a xp os originally and installed a win 7 into a new empty drive. In fact, xp install software can automatically select where you want to install your os to, so you dont need to take out your other drive, just put the xp disc in and select for the drive that you want to install it on, after you are done, if the computer does not ask you for the orignal xp os, configure the boot file in xp: boot.ini in the root of the drive:
    [boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
    multi(0)disk(1)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Windows XP Home" /fastdetect
    Something like this, you need to search for boot.ini configuration or such softwares.
  2. I would remove the drive you never know where the boot loader will go.
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