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By dwomohmoney ·
I have two harddisks with the same OS ie, XP 2000.
I want the booting to be in such a way that, i should be prompted to choose which of the HDD would i prefere to use.

I am using a DELL board.

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by 3xp3rt In reply to Multiple Boots

It's easy, modify your boot.ini file on C and you have a menu at starting the OP, for select the desired windows installation. For more information go to :
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/99743/
and
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/using/howto/gettingstarted/multiboot.asp

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Multiple Boots

Failing the above utilities like System Commander have a Boot Loader which you can install to chose which OS you boot into.

I'm sure that there are numerous other tools available as well but as I've never had a Dual Boot Windows System this isn't something that I've had much experience with.

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by dmiles In reply to Multiple Boots

Multi boot is generally setup with different OS on the same drive but it's own partition,a boot manager or boot loader will recognize the operating system to boot first,but I doubt if their is a way for it to recognizing different drives.

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Due to the need for proper Management of
The FOUR HardDrives on my emachines Normal IDE Primary and Slave Ribbon cables.
The FOUR HardDrives on my ATA card`s IDE Normal Primary and Slave cables.
The external HardDrive and one USB drive.

I developed the following BOOT.INI that is capable of booting even into the ATA or external HardDrive as an active partition, IF selected so by; Selective ordering of the system BIOS. setup.

Note: I usually view up to 5 hardDrive partitioning aspects from Partition Commander version 9.01 actually called Partition Commander 10

ie; when in the partition Commander I use the drop down menue to access the other drives. For assistance here contact me as well from contact Info below ...

All in all: Thats 10 Drives being programmed and it does route lettering from C: to Z:

My Internal CdRW & Double layered CdDvd burner are Lettered W: X: and my External CdDvd Double Layered burner is lettered Y:

I need to express that this is so on all ( 8 ) machines in my office being repaired.

This allows for the maximum use of the drive lettering system for the HardDrives and their Operating systems ie;

C: & on Harddrive (0) 1 Active OS
H: &. I: on HardDrive (1) 1 Active OS
M: & N: on HardDrive (2) 1 Active OS

My Z: is reserved for Windows 9x (98se) HardDrive 0 PartItion 1 OR LETTER IF NEEDED TO FORCE The lettering to properly letter E: F: & G: appropriately so all programs are seen in thier correct locations as described below

My Extended Partitioning goes like this
Partition__ carefully selected for 11 characters and works excelleant

HardDrive (0) Extended Partitions
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Partition__ (E:) HardDrive Cache\Safe Deposit
Partition__ (F:) Downloads A To Z Installers
Partition__ (G:) Games, Album & Micellanious

HardDrive (1) Extended Partitions
----------------------------------------
Partition__ (J:) HardDrive Cache\Safe Deposit
Partition__ (K:) Downloads A To Z Installers
Partition__ (L:) Games, Album & Micellanious

Then next is XP Professional or Vista in yes you guessed it NTFS ...

it` important to have at least one OS like Home edition in Fat32 format that can see ( Visualize ) and swap / copy some NTLDR or problem startup files if needed when one system fails to boot.

The active Partition in;
MS DOS Windows always boots as C: then so here I will use for 9x ( 98SE ) on the first Drive Zero (0) or Z: if I have another OS like Home Edition or other OS in a Fat32 format NOT NTFS format

Please note:
I have used windows 9x ( 98SE )
to re-Install a corrupted NTLDR into an xp Professional Fat32 Operating System

Also Note; NTFS file Systems can see,
( View & Edit ) any Parttion or OS ...

However, Fat32 Systems either
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Windows 9x ( 98SE ) - Created as Fat32
Windows Home Edition - Created as Fat32
Windows xp professional - Created as Fat32
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can only see ( View & Edit) only Fat32 Partitions or Operating Systems ...

In the Early days when Microsoft developed the HardDrive System ( It Remains the same today ), to run the Maximum numbering and Lettering possible.

For a full muti-boot System there is NO OTHER Way. Perriod ...

If CdDvd Drives up to three on a unit, are the Lettered W Primary ) X Slave ) and Y External ) ALWAYS ,,, this will allow for a quick shutdown and addtional HardDrive added to the system without the need to go back into My Computer\Management\Disk Management and reletter all the drives just to add in another Hardrive.

Very time consuming as, at times the system may have to be Re-Booted to allocate the new Letters to provided for continuing succession of lettering on the remaining drives.

USB flash Drives are Always R: S: and thier hierarchy Disks lettered U: V:

An iPod Just added in will Be Q: or T: for the time

Q: & T are sometimes used for the fourth extended Partition__(T:) Drive (0) and Partition__Q: on Drive (1) if not hidden by the operator or the Operating system.

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NOW Then;
For a Fails-Safe Boot.ini capable of booting
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From: Floppy 3 1/2 Drives
From: Active partition Safe Mode.
From: HardDrive 0 Partitions 1,2,3
From: HardDrive 1 Partitions 1,2,3
From: Recovery console if Installed.
From: Dos / 9x. If Installed correctly.
Boot.ini has a 34 second selection delay.
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by Espionage In reply to Multiple Boots

Hmm... What do you meen by different drives?
If you have, for example 2 OSes, 1 installed on the first drive, 2 on another, OS Selector will detect the OSes and you can chose the OS and the drive on which it installed.
http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/diskdirector/multibooting.html

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by CisfRjsii In reply to Multiple Boots

For a Fails-Safe Boot.ini capable of booting
--------------------------------------------------------------
From: HardDrive 0 Partitions 1,2,3
From: HardDrive 1 Partitions 1,2,3
From: Recovery console if Installed
From: Floppy 3 1/2 Drive and or
From: Dos / 9x. If Installed correctly.
Boot.ini has a 34 second selection delay
-----------------------------------------------------------
Contact me below and for $10.00
I will zip and password a Specially concepted boot.ini with a 34 second selection time delay that will boot to any OS selected as active. GAURANTEED...

Ziggy.42o (c)tm.
SKYPE: Ziggy.42o
SKYPE:+1-912-228-4907
Cisf(c)tm.Rjsii: 1984-(c)-2084
eMail: CisfRjsii@comcast.net
Computer Interface Systems (R) First

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