Ubuntu Installation :: Dual-boot Using Two Hard Drives?

May 1, 2010

this may be a very stupid question, but. My computer has two hard drives. One has Windows XP installed on it. The other is blank.

Is it possible for me to install Ubuntu onto the second hard drive, and run a dual-boot using GRUB during startup? Or does it only work when both OSs are on the same hard drive?

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[Code]...

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