i am a new linux user. i have successfully set up a dual boot system,
xp on master or first hd, redhat 8.0 on slave or second hd.
i wont go in to full details, you can find lots of documentation on
dual booting. however, i will recommend 4 very critical steps:
1-install windows first, and be sure you are happy with the install
2- now linux/redhat 8.0, and make sure you set your boot partition in the mbr of windows-please follow your redhat install carefully on partitions and dual booting-read up on this most critical step
3- use redhat default bootloader "grub"
4- during redhat install, you will get to choose between grub and lilo-pay close attention to the install screen instructions- you can set your default boot to windows or linux now if you want. i used grub, chose windows as my default(family pc) and then edited the
name from "xp" to "family windows" . some time back i ran across a post that suggested editing the windows name made a difference to the success of setting a dual boot with win2000/xp
again, read up on dual booting, during redhat install pay close attention to partitioning , and pay close attention to your bootloader.
the redhat 8.0 install has decent text instruction as you go.
you will want to back up your xp data files. you want a windows boot disk. during redhat install , make a redhat boot floppy.
redhat 8.0 has a decent install guide in pdf format on their website along with some other good general stuff in pdf format.
dual booting is probably one of the easier things to do with linux if you read up about it.