Ok, I'll explain better.
Linux can read all windoze stuff, NTFS pretty well too, but no writing. Too dangerous. It is coming though. So you can't transfer to windoze that way.
Windoze will not see Linux. Bill Gates don't like Linux remember. So you can't transfer to Linux that way.
If you have no data on your second drive, do this.
Read this guide and substitute when needed.
You will need to follow that part for multiple drives. Use the custom partitioning section of the install like in the guide. Leave you a little space at the very end of the drive, about a gig or so should be plenty. You can adjust though to what you may need. This will later be fat32 and used to swap data from XP to Linux and vice versa. Linux can read/write to fat32 and so can windoze.
That will be what you use to swap files between the two. (I bet Bill Gates is fuming.
) Me happy though.
After you get through the install I can tell you how to set up and format the partition for fat32. It's easy in Linux. All GUI.
That should solve the problem of swaping files and such. The how to should work for Mandrake 9.1 and 9.2. They have a slightly different look but that's all from what I have seen from the 9.rc2 version.
The install of Mandrake looks complicated but it's really not that bad. You just have to take it step by step and watch what you are doing.
Any more questions? Ask them before you boo boo please. It's easier that way.