Originally posted by abisko00
I see a problem to access the bootloader on hdb. AFAIK there is always a bootloader required on the first primary controller to load windows. If there is another Windows on hda, there is no problem, but if there is a Linux bootloader you need to use this to load Windows. That should be not problem (in theory), but I read a lot of reports, that grub get's confused when more than one controller type is used.
I would suggest to have Windows on hda and Linux on hdb if you would like to use the Windows bootloader.
I'm currently booting using the boot.ini on hdb to dual-boot between the 2 copies of XP, but I haven't tried disabling the active partition on hda, yet. That was actually my plan once i get the new XP install customized - delete the old XP on hda1 and install linux to it.
I was hoping to keep an active partition on each drive (hda1 & hdb1) so that I could use either to boot (in the event one fails), and just using the WinXP boot.ini to load XP or Linux via Grub/Lilo in the hda MBR. The first reply pretty much kills that idea, but now I'm worried that if I change hda1 to a non-active partition that I won't be able to boot anything ... more research I guess.
Any other input is appreciated.