Can I use 2 HD in my Computer and configure it to run also 2 different OS?
Can I have 2 drives where one uses Linux and the other one using Windows for a computer ?
I understand you could configure /partition a single HD running both OS but a friend of mine needs to have 2 different HD and he wants to switch over and vice versa by way of a switching system, is it possible?
Specifically, install the OS's on the respective HDDs obviously, then set the Linux to master and the Windows to slave in the BIOS, then configure bootloader (I was using redhat btw) on the Linux drive, which is relatively simple and it will give you the option of which OS you want to load at start up.
The only issues I encountered with it was that when I opened My Computer in Windows (I was using 2000 Pro) it would take a few minutes to load as it tried to detect the other hard drive, and then it would show up, but if you clicked on the Linux hard drive it would stop responding. Not sure if that's an issue with this method in general or just the specific hardware and operating system(s) that I was using.
You can use something like VMWare if you want to run two OS's at the same time.. (if thats what you're wanting).. or configure a dual boot if you want 2 OS's but run only one at a time as the poster above has said.
Thanks again Bear for that link as it my was what my friend was searching for and I understand he will be purchasing the device. I would also like to thank the other posters which helped with some very excellent advice in configuring.
I will get back with the outcome of it when I meet him next month on my business trip. We reside in Asia, outside the U.S. and it may take some time before the parts arrived. I suppose he probably may be purchasing the cheaper one(second link) with only the cables and switch.