General :: Duel Boot On Two Hard Drives With Pre Installed Os

Sep 24, 2010

I lost two computers this summer, and want to place my xp harddrive in with my cpu running linux.

I have both drives in , and linux detects the windows drive.

Is it too late to make this a duel boot.? all the duel boot threads, I searched start with a fresh install.

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[Code]...

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