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Hi, I have an IDE hard drive with nothing on and an 80gig SATA hdd with windows on. In the bios the IDE takes priority over SATA in the boot ...
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    dual boot problem/bios priortiy


    Hi,
    I have an IDE hard drive with nothing on and an 80gig SATA hdd with windows on. In the bios the IDE takes priority over SATA in the boot order. If I was to install linux on the IDE which hard drive should take prioroty? Because when I previously tried it with this configuration I could load Linux from GRUB but not windows (the option was there but it wouldnt load). Any ideas on the matter would be great.
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    noname2k

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    I'm getting over being new to Linux but I THINK - I could be wrong - that windows has to have the master boot record in order for it to boot. In other words, yes, your SATA drive should have presedence. I have both Windows and Debian GNU/Linux on my computer (but only one hd). I think Debian's intallation would let you do what you want without much hassle therefore, so should the others distros but I wouldn't know.

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