I have a question.
Is it possible to have a desktop setup with two hard drives. One would have pclinux (of course) and the second would have Win-blows.
I really don't want to use grub to boot between the two. Mainly because I read too many posts about issues with dual boot systems and I don' want that hassle or risk during installs or updates between either system.
What I was thinking is to just set my bios to to tell the pc which drive to boot off of. Is that doable?
I also believe that if its set to boot from the pclinux drive that the windows drive would be accessible to read/write files across, correct? I would not expect to be able to write files from windows to linux, and thats ok. (unless there's some win software that supports linux formats, I'm not that familiar with it).
Such a set up is what I would recommend when there are two disks available.
Windows on the first HDD controls booting of that disk.
PCLOS on the second disk controls booting of that disk.
Either disk will boot without the other.
To achieve this, when PCLOS is being installed make sure that Grub is written to the disk that PCLOS is being installed on, and not to the Win disk.
Set the BIOS to boot from the second (PCLOS) disk.
That is all that is required.
This will have the effect of keeping both disks independently bootable.
Because Grub can have a 'chainloader' entry in the menu, the Win disk can be called to boot from the PCLOS disk ..... this is similar to rebooting and selecting which disk to boot from a menu.
So there will be no need to make a disk selection (usually F12 or such during POST) to boot Windows or PCLOS.
I hope that helps .... if you need clarification post back.