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Dual booting two drives

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by DeadLOK, 28 Mar 2006.

  1. DeadLOK

    Hitman

    Joined: 18 Jan 2004

    Posts: 778

    Location: Doncaster

    I have two hard disks in a machine that both have XP pro installed on each - both are the master on their own channel. If I point the bios towards either to boot first it will work but I'd like to change the boot.ini on the first drive to show both OS's on startup.

    [boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

    Here's the boot.ini on the first drive, the second drive is the same :confused:

    What do I need to change to get it to boot from the second drive off that boot.ini?
     
  2. UKDTweak

    Soldato

    Joined: 2 Dec 2002

    Posts: 6,592

    Location: N.Ireland

    [boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOW S
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Disc 1" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
    multi(1)disk(1)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Disc 2" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect



    Wait for somebody to confirm first though before trying, unless you know how to edit the boot.ini in dos.
     
  3. DeadLOK

    Hitman

    Joined: 18 Jan 2004

    Posts: 778

    Location: Doncaster

    doesn't matter anymore, the guys happy with selecting the hdd in bios.

    would like someone to confirm just so i know though.
     
  4. errata

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 15 Apr 2004

    Posts: 1,881

    the Xp recovery console program bootcfg.exe will let you scan and add an operating system on another partition or disk to your boot.ini if you dont want to edit it manually.

    Control panel>System>Advanced>Startup & Recovery settings> 'time to display list of OS lets you enable and set a default time to display the XP boot select screen before the default OS is loaded.

    Use bootcfg /add or possibly bootcfg /rebuild

    AFTER doing bootcfg /copy to make a boot.ini backup!

    see

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/bootcons_bootcfg.mspx?mfr=true