Does it matter which drive I make the master and which one the slave.
window will fight for the primary master and primary partition in that (to best of my knowledge).
so you will have to keep windows drive as the primary master.
I was thinking that I could make the new blank drive the master and load linux. I could then use lilo or grub to boot to either drive. I prefer lilo, because that is what I used before.
Is there a good order to do this? I can't seem to remember how I did this before for sure. I do remember that the system can be picky when do this
you could install linux in second drive and install its lilo/grub in the MBR of first drive. But again the tricky issue is.....if you remove your linux drive....your system won't boot even to windows.
If i would be at your place i would have done the following things.
1. let windows be there in the primary master only.
2. free few Gb (5Gb or more) space in this drive.
3. install linux there and its bootloader in the MBR.
4. mount the second drive. and format it as per need (may be linux file system or windows)
5. make entry in /etc/fstab so that no need to manually mount the drive everytime.
this way even if you remove your second drive.....you will still have windows as well as linux running on machine.