Is it possible for me to disconnect my current hard drives from my windows xp machine, then connect an old hard drive and install linux one it. Then whenever I want to switch between them can I just plug/unplug the drives? Will the install do anything else like alter my bios so I can no longer boot off the windows hard drive? I know there's ways to do dual boots and leave both drives connected, but whilst I'm still getting used to Linux I'd prefer not to risk deleting everything off my windows drive by accident!
Any help would be appreciated!