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    Rescue dual boot

    A couple of years ago I set up my computer to dual boot Mandrake Linux and Windows XP. I'd intended to use the NT bootloader, but the Mandrake installation process was sooo helpful I've ended up with LILO instead. In the process of installing a new hard drive, I've discovered that the boot process involves both my current drives to be in and working - obviously not an ideal solution. I think that the boot partition is on drive 1 (the upper drive - see attached), but I don't know if LILO is actually written to the MBR or not. What I'd like to have is the MBR in drive 2 directing dual boot via NT loader, but drive 1 to also be bootable directly into Linux if drive 2 fails. So there are a number of tasks: first I need to find out which MBR is active, secondly find where LILO resides (but I don't think that's essential), thirdly generate a proper windows MBR on drive 2, fourthly set up the windows dual boot to XP or linux, and finally set up a linux orientated MBR on drive 1. I appreciate this forum might not be able to help with 3 or 4, but I was hoping you would be able to help with 1,2 and 5.

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    Post your /etc/lilo.conf and /etc/fstab
    "There is no sixth rule"
    --Rob Pike
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