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I have clean installed XP Pro on two seperate drives one an IDE and the other a SATA. The installs were done independently (disk by disk). After installing successfully on the SATA drive I reconnected both drives configuring the IDE as master. I then went through the Recovery Console to enter a 'Load Identifier' for each to make things easier.
Upon restart I was given the option of the two drives (the IDE being C: and configured as master, and the SATA being E:)and chose the name I had given the SATA Drive. However, the IDE drive loaded insttead. Thinking I had obviously got the two the wrong way round I restarted and then chose the other drive. Wrong! The Ide drive was again the drive that loaded.
I can't figure this out as I've done this process successfully before but with two IDE drives (admittedly after asking advice due to having limited knowledge), so is the SATA the problem? I know I'm missing something obvious.
The boot.ini file reads as follows:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
In order to have the two drives bootable what should this read and how do I go about rectifying this prob?
Thanks for responding. Tried as you suggested but upon boot to the selected drive I get the following message: "Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration Problem. Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware." The IDE drive boots ok as it did before.
Bootmagic (come with partition magic), OS Selector, System Commander all do great job. Work stright off box, no tweaking needed.
Thanks for responding. I'm beginning to warm to the idea of a boot management programme but I'm reluctant to spend the extra money when I know its possible to have a perfectly good and functioning system with just a little aquired knowledge. Trouble is I haven't aquired that knowledge just yet.
The problem with XP boot manager is that the two images are not completely indipendant. The same partion remains active and the boot.ini redirects the system startup. This is fine for some functions but not if anything happens to your main partition and you need to reinstall.
With a boot manager you set Boot.ini in each to point to itself (the easiest way to do this is, on installation, set it to a number of options and edit the unwanted ones out later). Then each system partition is completely indipendant of the other (but you probably need to modify the paging in each separately).
Try HyperOs One Click at about £50, you can then have up to 4 copies of XP and it will do the partitioning for you. (PM built in)
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