2 Primary Partitions

#1
I have 2 primary NTFS partitions: WXP and WVISTA, each one with his own independent OS. To select the active partition I go to [My ]Computer, Manage, Disk Management, <partition>, Mark partition as active.

WXP has Windows XP installed, has its own boot.ini with a reference to multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1). When I boot to Windows XP, this partition is known as C: drive, and WVISTA is D: drive.

WVISTA has Vista RTM installed, a Boot folder, a bootmgr file, amongst others. When running this Windows, WVISTA is C: drive, and WXP is D: drive.

If they were both Windows XP, to make a boot menu I could keep one partition active, and add these entries in its boot.ini:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP 1"
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows XP 2"

Is it possible to do this kind of menu with EasyBCD? When I add an entry for Windows XP, EasyBCD asks me for a drive letter, instead of a partition number. That doesn’t make sense to me, as drive letters are assigned by the OS when it loads. The easy solution to my need would be to install a boot manager like Norton BootMagic to set the active partition at boot time, but I just want to know if BCD can do that.

By the way, is NeoGrub a boot manager? I mean, does it reside in the MBR, or in the partition boot sector?

Sorry for my poor English
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#2
EasyBCD at the moment can't set the active boot partition, but that's an excellent idea - will most certainly be implemented soon!!!

Welcome to NeoSmart Technologies btw :smile:

EasyBCD requires that you enter the *current* drive letter of your Windows XP drive - you don't need to do anything more. It'll automatically convert the current drive letter to the correct drive &amp; partition numbers without trouble.

But there is a catch: you must put the drive letter of the drive with Boot.ini and NTLDR - even if XP isn't installed there.

Good luck!