Thanks for your help.
if you remove the 10 gig does windows boot normally.
Yes - dual boot option with Ubuntu still here. My research has led me to believe that the Windows installer deviates from the Linux norm & makes space within the Windows filesystem, but on very uncertain ground here.
looks like you reformatted the 10 gig for VL with root, swap, home so Ubuntu is already gone if it were installed to the 10 gig.
I formatted the 10gb for VL it was new to this PC for this purpose - was an empty old drive from my parts box.
Ubuntu -followed your link & am dealing with that - the Windows installer has an uninstaller (although this is uninstall-wubi.exe rather than uninstall Ubuntu, but when clicked offers to uninstall Ubuntu, which I have now done & it boots straight into XP ok - with the 10gb disconnected
if you set the 10 gigs jumpers to master to install with out the 80 gig you may want to adjust them
Don't quite understand this. I've just tried booting with the 80gb as Master & the 10gb as slave & it can't find an OS. If I boot without the 80gb & the 10gb as Master, how will that help as I need to include the 80gb disk?
It'd be good to get the 2 disks on different IDE cables if they'll physically reach, as I like to have my swap file on a different disk.
Are you saying put the 10gb as Master on IDE1 & the 80gb on IDE2 as Secondary Master or Cable Select? or as Slave/CS also on IDE1? Or have I just got to try all the permutations with a shedload of powering up & down?
Just put the 10gb as Master on IDE1 & the 80gb on IDE2 as Cable Select then Secondary Master but both give "no OS found"