I want to become a first time Ubuntu user. I have a desktop with Windows XP running on it. Now I want to set up a multi boot.
I have two hard disk drives. One 60 GB with Windows XP (we call it A). The second drive has 500 GB (lets call this B) and just data on it.
A has 3 partitions (plus bootsector), and B has 2 partitions.
I want to install Ubuntu on the second partition (40 GB) of drive B. (The first partition I use for my (windows) data files). I have reserved a 2 GB partition on drive A for the Ubuntu Swap-file (and also an empty 12GB (FAT32) partition without a current purpose, but I thought it might be useful sometime perhaps).
Now I have not started to install yet, because I have two problems. I can't boot from my DVD-drive, so it won't autorun the installation DVD. (Booting from another CD-ROM drive is possible). But I found a way around this by first running an IDE drive diagnostic. By accident I found, that after the diagnostic process, the PC does boot from the DVD drive.
My second (unsolved) problem -the reason why I'm posting my question here- is that I can't find the drive B in the setting of my bootsequence. It's just not showing! While in the IDE drive diagnostic it does show, as well as in the running OS.
[edit: not showing means: when I enter the boot setup (using F2 at startup), I can alter the boot sequence. But the only options shown are 1. Diskette Drive; 2. IDE CD-ROM device; 3. Hard Disk Drive C:. I wish to select my WDC-500GB-Hard-Drive here, but I don't know how].
I've read that the drive that has Ubuntu on it, must be first in the bootsequence, in order for GRUB to make the desired multiboot selector thing.
I see three options (but I not sure how and if possible): 1. Find a way to get drive B to appear in the boot sequence setting menu (my prefference, but clueless on how to do it). 2. Set Ubuntu on the drive B, but set GRUB on the drive A (can this be done?) 3. Switch the drives A and B physically (I'm very affraid to lose data or functionality).
Can someone help me out?