[K12OSN] Dual boot using separate hard drives

John P. Conlon jconlon1 at elp.rr.com
Thu Jun 2 16:56:23 UTC 2005

I have the drives, I do not have the money to buy a set of caddies. 
Besides that woild not help where my wife is concerned because 
eventually I would forget to switch drives.  I do need the file swapping 
ability also.

Gavin Chester wrote:

>On Thu, 2005-06-02 at 10:06 -0600, John P. Conlon wrote:
>>To ensure marital harmony and bliss I am about to put together a dual 
>>boot machine using 2 hard drives.  The plan is for one drive to be 
>>Windows XP and the other to be K12LTSP as a stand alone.  When I fdisk 
>>the windows drive do I need to leave a small portion of the drive for 
>>Grub to be installed in?  If I do need to leave some how big does the 
>>piece need to be?
>This may not be the answer you're looking for, but FWIW I find great
>service in putting each drive in a harddrive caddy.  You don't specify
>your drive type in your post, but these caddies have been available for
>SCSI and IDE for some time, and are now available for SATA.  Everything
>is simplified to deciding which drive - Windows or Linux - to pop in at
>the time of bootup to totally change the personality of the PC.  This
>assumes you go through a complete install of each system on each
>The only drawback of this is that you can't exchange files between
>systems on each drive.  If you need that then you do need to have both
>drives active as master and slave (assuming IDE or SATA) at once.  In
>that case simply ensure you have Windows installed on your primary drive
>and then start your Linux install and the installation will take care of
>creating the appropriate boot partition for grub or lilo without
>touching your Windows setup.  HTH.  
>I hope that's up to date with current procedures - I haven't had to do
>what you're attempting for a few years ;-) 
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