Although I read some books and even more forum threads, I did not find an answer to my specific problem:
I have two HDs!
On HD1 Windows XP (prof) resides (FAT32, two partitions: boot-partition + extended)
On HD2 there is one extended partition with one logical drive.
On HD2 (60GB, FAT32) there is enough space to install linux - I would divide it up by 40-45GB FAT32 and 15-20GB Linux.
I want to install Linux (Mandrake 9.1) with GRUB at the second HD.
Here are my questions?
1. Is it possible to install Linux BEHIND the the extended partition (behind the 40GB of FAT32 Windows)?
1.1 If it's possible - is it easy going?
1.2 If it's possible - do I have to set up GRUB manually or does it find it's way around? Where do I have to place it? Boot-partition HD2, MBR 2, MBR 1, HD1 (as a file - heard of before!)?
1.3 If it's possible - can I dual boot Win and Linux easily? Even with the Windows Boot manager?
1.4 If it's possible - do I need a boot-partition for linux? How big (heard about 50-75 MB)?
And in case you say "Well that's not that easy - install it in front of the extended partition!"
2. Is the dual boot easy going or do I have to set up something manually?
The most wanted answer would be: "No prob man - Mandrake can do this job for you without you even noticing!" - but I think that will be just a dream!
PS: If possible I want to use the boot manager from XP - NTLDR