On Fri, 29 May 1998 11:26:58 -0700, Peter Cornelius
>> I have just added a second ide hdd to my machine. I've been running
>> Debian Linux and NT4 on my original 1.2 gig ide hdd, using a little
>> utility called Doc'sBoot to start up with... I'd like to move one or the
>> other to the new hard drive, a 1.5 gig ide (probably just a new install
>> to the second drive...)
>> Is this possible, to run two os's each on a separate drive? If so, how
>> do I configure my drives.. is one still set as a mastes and the other as
>> a slave? I'm using an AMD 586.
>> I've checked the HOWTO's and not found anything relating to actually
>> using multiple drives.
>While I haven't actually done this, I have been told that lilo and the
>NT loader do not support booting to multiple drives. The suggestion
>made to me was to partition the first drive and install both OS's. Use
>this as your boot drive. Then partition the second drive to be used for
>data and programs. Currently I run Linux and Win 95 with linux on my
>slave drive. I boot to linux with a floppy. It's not the cleanest
>arangment but it does work.
My machine at work has two hard drives. NT occupies the first 1gig
HD, and the two gig second HD has three partitions as follows:
1: 950 meg NTFS (for M$ developer network data)
2: 50 meg FAT (for file sharing)
3: 1 gig ext2 (for linux, duh)
I could just as easily have made it work using the entire second hard
drive for linux. Here's what you must do:
1. Set up the hard drives, one as master, and another as slave, like
2. Partition the second drive with swap and whatever other partitions
you'd like for your new linux home.
3. Migrate linux to the new drive. Refer to this howto for
4. Setup the NT bootloader and linux lilo to work together. Refer to
I have done all of this and it works perfectly. If you want
(deleting the spambot deterrent from my address before you do so) and
I can help you more with it.