Installing Debian on second hard disk
My motherboard has two IDE channles. I have two optical drivers on
one channel and my HDD on the second.
I have win98SE and Red Hat 7.2 on my current HDD. I am planning to buy a
second HDD and install win 2000 and Debian on it. When installing Debian
3.0r2 and win 2000, I would like to take out my first hard disk and put
in the blank second one. This is because I am paranoid about something
breaking the original hard disk(I spent a lot of time making many things
work and installing stuff on my RHL). I fear that if not Debian, atleast
win 2K will destroy my first hard disk somehow.
Now, when I put in the second hard disk and the first is out, the second
one will become /dev/hda but when I re-insert the first one as master,
the second one will become /dev/hdb. I have grub as my loader on the
first hard disk. If I add entries like (hd1,0) and (hd1,1), will the
grub on my first disk be able to boot the win2K and Debian on the second
HDD. I don't mind if it won't boot win2K but will atleast Debian 3.0r2
boot ? Or is it that since I installed on /dev/hda and now I put it in
/dev/hdb the kernel will refuse to boot since it had hard references to
If in the grub on the older disk I write map (hd0) (hd1) and map (hd1)
(hd0) and then load grub again on the second disk(using chainloader) as
another boot loader will it work. Will Debian and W2K be fooled into
believing that they are on the first disk or do they ignore the bios and
check out the HDD's on their own ?
thanks a lot