>> You need to give more information before anyone can help you.
>> Presumably replugging the control cables changes which disk is 'hda'
>> and which is 'hdb'. This will interfere with your booting. You need
>> to decide on a physical setup, and then stick to it.
>What I would like to have is my original drive (w/95) and new drive
>(w/NT and RH5) work together without plugging/unplugging/replugging
>cables. Right now I have either my new drive or old drive plugged in at
>any one time but not simultaneously.
You are still making it difficult to help you.
Do you have IDE or SCSI drives? Are you using NTFS for NT?
It is hard to advise you without more info. But I'll try.
Linux can be on either disk. But if you switch cables, you make
things difficult. The installation program needs to know whether it
is installing on the first or second disk. By switching cables you
are confusing it. Actually, it is easy to reconfigure, providing you
have a way of booting linux from a floppy. So we can put that off
Likewise, NT can be on either disk. But if it is not on the first
disk, then it needs to put some boot configuration files on the first
Assuming that NT and Linux are both installed, I suggest you start by
cabling the disks so that Win95 is on the first disk, and NT is on
the second disk. You will initially only be able to boot Win95.
Next start the NT installation program. Somewhere, I think at about
the time of inserting the second floppy, it gives you a choice of
installing, or repairing an existing installation. Choose the repair
option. Then, when prompted, choose the option to check the bootup
configuration. The NT install program should load a few files on
your Win95 partition, so that you can then boot it.
To fix your linux installation, you will need to boot from floppy
(use the repair disk image). Mount your linux partition on '/mnt'.
Then edit '/mnt/etc/fstab' to put the partition locations in. You
probably have to change 'hda' to 'hdb' or 'sda' to 'sdb'.
Then you will need to make similar changes to '/mnt/etc/lilo.conf'.
When editing lilo.conf, you will have to decide whether to install in
the MBR, or on the partition, or on a floppy. Probably the safest at
this stage is to use a floppy. (Make it a clean formatted floppy, so
that you don't wipe any valuable data). Change the boot line to
'boot = /dev/fd0'. Then, since your root partiton is not mounted as
root, you will need 'lilo -r /mnt' to install it.