boot.ini and msconfig can't find 2nd boot partition?


S

Saran

Hi, I'm just installed a new hard drive, on the secondary IDE
controller, as a slave to my DVD DRIVE.

So I now have a total of 3 HDs.

I've used partition magic to clone my first HD and second HD (both of
which had just one partition on each) onto the new drive. I then trimmed
out all the unneeded fat from the cloned cloned C: partition which is
now on the new (3rd) hd, because I want to use it as a BACKUP boot
partition, where I can copy the windows folder to from time to time and
if something ever happens to the real C: (first HD) I can boot from the
other one and restore the core system stuff or a whole backup if need
be.

The problem I seem to be having is configuring my boot.ini

It seems anything I do, the checker in msconfig always pukes on the 2nd
entry I make to boot.ini

[boot loader]
timeout=5
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Win XP Pro (Main)"
/fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Win XP Pro (Backup)"
/fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn


I've tried makign the backup entry

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(3)partition(1)

multi(0)disk(1)rdisk(1)partition(1)

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(1)

to no avail.

Basically my ssytem is like this:


HD 1 (Primary, Master) - P 1: "Drive C:" --> "(Main)"
HD 2 (Primary, Slave) - (wiped, used to be "Drive D:")
DVD (Secondary, Master) - (DVD RW)
HD 3 (Secondary, Slave) - P 1: "Drive I:" --> "(Backup)"
P 2: "Drive D:"

I: was cloned from C: and resized to a minimal size after throwing out
anything not needed from it.
D: take up the rest of the space on this new, big (third) hd.

It seems every article I come across explains the meaning of multi,
disk, rdisk, and such differently and I can't seem to find the right way
to do it so msconfig doesn't barf.

ALSO, I will soon be removing "HD 2" and will put "HD 3" (the new one)
in "HD 2"'s spot.

So I'd appreciate the corect configuration of both spots.

(((Is there no way to get a list of how the system seems the drives in
the same format as boot.ini uses? That would of made things much easier
I think.)))

Thanks for any help.
 
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J

John John

Make sure the disc has an Active System Partition.

Probably should be disk(0)rdisk(3)

John
 
G

Guest

You may be in violation of the MS EULA by installing the same OS twice, ie..
your playing with fire.. Use a disk image as a backup recovery option.. I use
Acronis True Image and it works great, try it free for 15 days..
http://www.acronis.com/
Cheers
j;-j
 
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S

Saran

Jaymon said:
You may be in violation of the MS EULA by installing the same OS
twice, ie.. your playing with fire.. Use a disk image as a backup
recovery option.. I use Acronis True Image and it works great, try it
free for 15 days.. http://www.acronis.com/
Cheers
j;-j

Bollocks... how can the same copy be in violation when it's *not in
use*? Furthur more it's not a new isntallation, just a copy of the core
of the existing one and also it's on the *same system*

I realize you may have bene just trying to help, but I really think that
doesn't apply. I feel anyone has the right to backup any partition they
chose, in any way they want .

Yes, I have True Image, and I have made a backup of my "C:" boot
partition but what good is that if I can't get into the system to
actually restore it? True, theres BartPE and such that *might* run True
Image, although I have no way of knowing this without testing, and even
if it does, I'd much rather just boot into an actual system and reserve
BartPE if all else fails.
 

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