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Old 07-24-2007, 02:21 AM   #1
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2 Different HDs one with linux one with windows

Would it work if I had windows on one hd and linux on another and left one unplugged while i used the other. Each would be plugged into master and id just switch the switches each time I wanted to use the other OS. (both 80 pin hard drives)
Old 07-24-2007, 02:27 AM   #2
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I think there's a thread about this here. There should be nothing to prevent that. If the drives are not connected at the same time, they don't know about each other and therefore think they're the only drives available. If you don't switch any hardware parts (except the HDs), the system stays the same for each OS. If there is only one drive connected (powered etc.) at a time, BIOS should not mess up with the configs either (it's possible with a two-drive configuration, where both are connected and then one is removed and re-plugged or fiddled with in some other way, that BIOS and bootloader notations about the drives get messed up too, preventing you from booting before fixing it).

Go ahead. Have one drive connected at a time, install the operating systems as if the disk was the only disk in the system..and never plug them in at the same time, to make sure no trouble pops up
Old 07-24-2007, 08:19 PM   #3
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Not only would it work, but it works great! That's exactly what I do on my PC, except that instead of plugging and unplugging the hard drives, I mounted both of them in removable hard drive trays that take turns in my top removable hard drive rack. I even have a third hard drive in a removable tray that goes in a second removable hard drive rack, to use for backups and shared data (and which stays on my shelf for safety when I'm not using it). Neither Windows XP nor Mepis Linux 6.5.02 have any problems with the fact that my shared data/backup drive is sometimes there and sometimes not there.

I wrote an article, My Hardware-Based Dual-Boot PC a couple of weeks ago, to explain how and why I set up my PC the way I did.

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