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    Linux/XP dual boot 2 HDD

    I'm a bit of a noob with linux etc, but i'd appreciate some help if poss please.
    I have two hard drives, one 80GB IDE and one 200GB SATA. The IDE is labelled C: and the SATA is D: . I currently run windows from the D: drive. I wish to put Mandriva on what is now the C: drive, but the boot.ini for windows has somehow found it's way there, and for some reason when I tried putting linux on it, I couldn't boot Windows from GRUB. Could anyone tell me how I could put linux on the the IDE and windows on the SATA, being able to boot to both using NTLDR (or GRUB if it will work). Thanks in advance.

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    you can setup dual boot using any method. NTLDR or GRUB.
    plug-in both disks one by one. are both OS booting up separately?

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    Well the SATA doesn't seem to boot without the IDE plugged in and Windows installed on it. Because I tried formatting the IDE, but then Windows wouldn't boot from the SATA. Perhaps it's because I somehow ended up with my main Windows and the boot.ini on different drives (if it seems strange, this sort of thing happens to my computers quite a lot)

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    Soz bout the double post, if I put Linux on the IDE, GRUB recognises Windows on the SATA but won't boot it when I select it. The screen just goes blank indefinately.

    EDIT: btw if i try to boot the SATA with Windows on it's own it comes up "GRUB Hard Disk Error"

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