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    I am new to Linux and Confused


    I am having a problem with Dual Booting Windows XP Pro and Linux Mint.

    I have Three Hard Drives,
    One Hard Drive has Linux Mint Loaded on it. When it is hooked up to the computer by itself it works great. This is an IDE Drive.
    The Second Hard Drive has Window XP Pro loaded on it. When it is hooked up to the computer with the third Hard Drive or by itself it works great, or at least as well as Windows works. This is an IDE Drive.
    The Third Hard Drive has no operating system on it, I plan on putting files here. This Hard Drive is a SATA drive and I think the computer thinks it is Drive 0 for some reason. I do not know how to check or change that.

    I would like to keep the operating systems on separate Drives and use the third Drive to store everything (files, pictures, music, etc.) on. I think I will be able to access the third Drive from both operating systems to get the info and use it on either operating system.

    As I said these all work fine by themselves, but as soon as I hook up the Linux Drive with any other Drive, listed above, it locks the computer. From what i am reading, Windows likes to take control and I am sure this is where the problem is. I have read that I need to change something in the GRUB for Linux, is this true? How do I do that? Or maybe there is another way to make these two operating systems not fight each other.

    Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank You,
    Last edited by oz; 09-13-2009 at 04:32 PM. Reason: removed SPAM url

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    Hi and Welcome !

    First of all setup dual boot between Windows and Linux. Plug-in Linux Hard disk as Primary Master and Windows OS disk as Secondary (Slave). Set Linux Hard disk as First Boot Device in BIOS.
    Linux will boot up by default. Add this code in /boot/grub/menu.lst file :
    title Windows XP Pro
    rootnoverify (hd1,0)
    map (hd0) (hd1)
    map (hd1) (hd0)
    chainload +1
    Save file and reboot machine. Check if Windows XP boots up fine.
    It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
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