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By bkegel ·
I have a 9GB hard drive and I would like to install two copies of NT4.0 server on it. One copy on partition C and one on partition D. Currently, I can install a copy on c:\ but when I try to install to the D:\ partition I get a can't find NTLDR error after the first restart. Any ideas? I think it has to do with the boot.ini but I can't modify it because the time is set to 0 after the first restart. Thanks in advance

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by mkelley In reply to Multiple OS's of NT4

When you install NT, it establishes a system partition, where it boots from, and a boot partition where it runs from. What is happening, is you are booting from the system partition using the boot.ini, and ntldr there. When you try to install it elsewhere, NT thinks it already knows where the boot partition is, goes there and gets lost. I don't think you can modify you boot.ini file sufficiently to allow you to make the second install. I would try a third party boot manager, like boot commander to install and manage the two partitions.

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by bkegel In reply to Multiple OS's of NT4

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by hans-jurgen_sievert In reply to Multiple OS's of NT4

You should have no problem installing NT to a scond partition. Booting will always be done from the first partition. Your problem sounds more like you left the Installation CD in your drive and the system is trying to boot from the CD. When the system first restarts, it should have already copied all NT files to your hard disk and you don't need the CD anymore.

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by bkegel In reply to Multiple OS's of NT4

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by ocsi In reply to Multiple OS's of NT4

Most likely the problem here resides not in how you set up the second partition but where it is. NT must boot from the first GB of a drive.

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