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Is it possible to have a 4-OS boot using two hard drives?
Here is my situation.
My HD0 is fixed, master on Primary IDE.
I have a mobile rack frame set as slave and a number of hard drives in trays that I insert when I need them.
The fixed drive is large (30 GB), the others are smaller (2, 6, 8 and 20).
Currently I have W98 on the C: partition. I intend to subdivide HD0 into three partitions and install W2K & XP, which boot.ini should be able to handle easily.
But now I want to install RH 8.0 on the 8 GB drive, but not have it in the rack all the time. I use the other drives for image files and extra storage.
I am guessing that the way to do it is to install linux on HD1 with HD0 unplugged and use the MBR on that drive. Then, re-plug in HD0 and edit the boot.ini file to list linux along with 98, W2K and XP. But how should I write that section of boot.ini?
Please don't send me to grub or lilo. I have had headaches galore trying to get them to work!
Install redhat with 2 drives connected, install the bootloader into the bootsector of the partition, not the MBR.
be sure to make a bootdisk, use it to boot into linux and use dd to extract the bootsector
dd if=/dev/hdc1 of=redhat.bin bs=512 count=1
change /dev/hdc1 to correspond your configuration
copy redhat.bin to where your ntldr lives (probably your win98 partition, if win98's installed before 2k/xp) then add
c:\redhat.bin="Redhat" to boot.ini
by doing it this way you're actually loading grub from redhat.bin, so you can even get rid of grub from the bootsector of the redhat partition and it'll still work(but of course you still need config files in /boot.