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15-Sep-2008, 06:08 PM #1
Boot From Different Partition
I recently had a bad experiences with a virus and made a small partition of 15gb and the rest for my C Drive. On the 15gig partition I installed a copy of XP so if anything were to ever happen again I could access my files from there. My question is how do I choose which partition to boot from? The 1st time it asked me which one but now it doesn't. It says nowhere in the boot menu or bios setup anywhere I can find. Any ideas?




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15-Sep-2008, 11:30 PM #2
Try this to get you started then if it doesn't help let us know
http://www.blackviper.com/Articles/O...multiboot1.htm
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16-Sep-2008, 01:25 PM #3
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I recently had a bad experiences with a virus and made a small partition of 15gb and the rest for my C Drive. On the 15gig partition I installed a copy of XP so if anything were to ever happen again I could access my files from there. My question is how do I choose which partition to boot from? The 1st time it asked me which one but now it doesn't. It says nowhere in the boot menu or bios setup anywhere I can find. Any ideas?

copy and paste your boot.ini here . It is a hidden file so you go to tools < > folder options < > view < > then put a tick in show hidden files and folders .


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16-Sep-2008, 08:10 PM #4
Thanks for the help Padutch

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16-Sep-2008, 08:24 PM #5
Copy and paste it to where?
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16-Sep-2008, 10:19 PM #6
this my boot.ini file, I opened it and copied it and pasted it here; for Padutch to help us read it...
There is a # sign in the post window that is for code use that and paste it in between the brackets.
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[boot loader]
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Windows XP Media Center Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
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17-Sep-2008, 12:40 PM #7
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Copy and paste it to where?
paste it in your next post .
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[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
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17-Sep-2008, 07:10 PM #9
That should be similar to your c:\boot.ini file. If not post the differences.
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17-Sep-2008, 08:11 PM #10
Huh? Thats the only boot.ini file there is.
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17-Sep-2008, 09:58 PM #11
TSmothers65, There is only one boot.ini file on each PC.
You did it just right.
Just wait for Padutch to come and look at it
**you definitely don't have a second OS or Partition showing in the boot.ini file, it is very similar to mine and I only have one OS and one Partition installed...
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18-Sep-2008, 12:12 PM #12
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[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
This should be what you need . Make a backup of your original boot.ini first .

[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="Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
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18-Sep-2008, 12:31 PM #13
Ok, so i replaced that and saved the boot.ini file. I restarted it but it still gives me no option to beet from a different one. Do I need to press a button to give me the option?
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18-Sep-2008, 12:49 PM #14
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Ok, so i replaced that and saved the boot.ini file. I restarted it but it still gives me no option to beet from a different one. Do I need to press a button to give me the option?
OK do this . go to Start <> Run <> type msconfig <> click ok <> open boot.ini tab <> click on check all boot paths . Make sure there are 2 paths in there .
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18-Sep-2008, 01:14 PM #15
No, it's only showing the one. How would it have gotten deleted? The first time I started my computer it gave me the option so I selected the one I am using now. Ever since then I haven't been able to get it to work. I know It's installed on the D: but can I add it to the boot without reinstalling it?
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