Apple OS X.5 two boot drives on MacPro

I a Powermac G5 computer burnout and had to temporarily put my hard drives in a Mac Pro. I now have two boot drives internally in a Mac Pro. My wife and I are sharing the computer for now. I can boot into each system and it's great. Now I would like more convenience because I'm going back and forth a lot between the two systems, because we are sharing.
Is there a way switch back and forth between the two users on these two boot disks without having to restart and boot into the other disk? Can I virtually boot into the other disk, or can I utilize the users from different systems? Both systems are running the same version of OS X.5.5

you can't switch between two systems without rebooting. the best you can do is use fast user switching between two users on the same system. You can try the following (but I don't promise how well it will work). create the same user on the drive 1 as the one you are switching to on the drive 2. use the same name, short name and password. then go to system preferences->accounts. unlock the lock, select the newly created user, control-click on it and select "advanced options". in the resulting popup set the home directory to pint to the home directory for that user user on drive 2. restart. now you can always boot from drive 1 and use fast user switching to go between users without rebooting. when you are logged in as the user mentioned above, you'll be booted from drive 1 but using its home directory on drive 2. I hope this makes sense. try it out and see if it works.

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