Originally Posted by vedder_m
P.S. Very slow,detailed, braindead answers will help.I'm a complete newbie.
And also...is it just NOT possible because of the different types of hard drives?
Don't worry I'm a newb too, but I think I may be able to help.
The problem definitely doesn't lie in the drives themselves. I am a hardware tech, with (some) experience in linux and a decent amount of experience in (horror)windows and can tell you that right off the bat.
As for them not detecting each other, I am not exactly sure try this command in your shell in Linux.
mount /dev/my_drive /mnt/my_mount_point
If your Win. Hard drive is set as master, the drive designation should either be hda1(for your main partition) or consecutive numbers if you have multiple partitions. It could also be /dev/hdc1 if neither of these work tell me.
If that works with no errors, you can go to the directory /mnt/hd_whatever, and you should see everything in your drive.
I'm not sure about Windows(having never dual booted them myself) but thanks to the complete ineptness of it's programmers, it may not be able to see the Linux partition at all. You may be able to get a program that will allow you to see it, though.
If none of these work, check and make sure your drives are set properly as master(because they are on different cables).
Hope this helps!
Edit: One more thing - you can try making sure Lilo is installed in the MBR, not at the beginning of the partition. Not sure how to do that in Windows or even whether you can or not but you can look.