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Dual boot drive letters

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by sync, Oct 24, 2007.

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  1. sync

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    I added XP to a system that already had Vista. In the XP installation the Windows partition is F. The Vista partition shows up as C. I tried to change the drive letter of the Vista partition but it said you can't change the drive letter for a system volume.

    Is there a way to install XP so that its functions as both the system and boot volumes.
     
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    When you boot up how do you get into XP?
     
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    Through the Vista bootloader.
     
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    so what do you want, it to boot to XP by default?
     
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    When in XP I want the XP partition to show up as drive C. But after doing some research I see that I need a 3rd party boot manager to get that.
     
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    If you do that you will NOT be able to access any of the files on the drive of the other OS as it will be hidden.
     
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    It is easy to unhide a partition for those rare occasions when I need to do that. I have separate data drives that won't be hidden.
     
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    NO, this is a DIFFERENT hide and both drives are considered to be the C drive, so you CAN NOT get to the other drive.
     
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    I don't know what you mean by a different hide.

    In any windows installation only the partition that was active at the time of the install would be the C drive.
     
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    You must be using a third party booting product.

    On my Dual booting systems I can see ALL of my drives, even those which have different OS's on them. I use the Windows boot controller.

    I have XP on C, Vista Home on D, and Vista Premium on E. I could access any of the files fro any of the OS's and my home drive was what ever the OS was on, it was NOT always C.
     
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    That brings us back to why I started this thread. I want my home drive to always be C.

    You are right that you can't do that without the help of a third party tool. It doesn't particularly have to be a boot manager but that certainly makes it easier. It could also be done with a recovery disk such as the one you can create with Acronis Disk Director.
     
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    It does REQUIRE a BOOT manager, but I do NOT have Acronis Disk Director so I will not comment on it and it's uses.
     
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    How are you defining boot manager?

    All you need is a program that can set the active partition. If you have a copy of DOS that you can boot from, FDISK would work.
     
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    For any given OS you have a system partition and a boot partition. When you first install an OS on a computer the system partition and the boot partition are the same.

    If you then install a second OS, the way you did it, then the system partition stays the same and the boot partition changes for that OS. In that case, you need a boot manager.

    However, you can set the new partition as active prior to installing the second OS. In that case, both the system and the boot partition change for that OS and they are the same. In this scenario, you do not need a boot manager. All you need to do is to do is make the partition that you want to boot active.
     
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    "All you need is a program that can set the active partition"
    That is CALLED a BOOT Manager.
     
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