I need to use a LINUX Boot Flash to "Secure Erase" my SSD before I use a Windows Rescue Boot Flash to restore a system partition image to my SSD.
My Boot Selection Screen in the BIOS allows me to choose which of the physical drives (with MBR) I can boot from,
but it calls them both "USB DISK...
Every time I power up Acer kindly remind me that F2/F12 will give me the BIOS,
but they fail to remind me how to enter Safe Mode.
I am "unfortunate" that things go wrong so rarely that when I need Safe Mode I have forgotten how to get it ! !
Life is not getting any easier.
After the F2/F12 opportunity for BIOS I immediately get the EasyBCD O.S. selection menu.
Multiple F8 before EasyBCD does nothing- no time.
When EasyBCD gives the menu I have near the top of the screen three choices :-
Macrium Reflect system Recovery.
Near the Bottom is "Tools:"
I knew how to hammer F8 for Safe Mode when my Laptop was single boot XP in partition 0
Today is the first time I tried for Safe mode since W7 was installed in Partition 5.
After many failed attempts I discovered that IF I permit EasyBCD to launch its boot menu,
and IF I over ride the default...
At the moment I have to boot into W7 (Windows 7) to configure the Boot menu delay and default choice via EasyBCD v 220.127.116.11.
XP runs much sweeter and boots 4 times faster than W7, so I now wish to configure from XP in partition 1 by adding EasyBCD v 2.0.2 to be downloaded in H:\ = partition 4...
I want a lean mean machine, and prefer to remove what I cannot use.
I accept that C:\Boot\en-US\ is something I need.
What about C:\Boot\fr-FR\ and all the other language folders, are they safe to go ?
Acronis can bodge the MBR so that when Windows is dead you can conveniently boot into the Acronis Secure Zone. This is a sort of dual boot manager that is different from EasyBCD
Is it possible that two different Dual Boot facilities might "get out of whack" ?
Belated thanks for the advice so far.
Regret I have been bogged down for a few weeks fighting Windows 7 follies - Junction BlackHoles that mis-direct and lose data so that an essential CMD.EXE script is broke. I now know how to avoid the pitfalls and am back to dual booting.
Please advise me...
I have never seen any changelog like the EasyBCD log as it appears on Softpedia.
This shows 21 crashes and defects you have identified in 18.104.22.168,
with the implication they will be fixed in the future.
I am happy to assume that you are listing minor blemishes that have now been fixed with the...
I have never had an installation disc till two weeks ago when my son installed W7.
I have never used EasyBCD other than to select which O.S. to boot into.
So if simply copying the C:\BOOT\ folder from/to XP is not viable I guess I have to learn some more.
To use the W7 installation disc, do I...
Thanks, but my son downloaded the removal tool for me before he installed Norton ! !
I will be interested in seeing if use of the Norton Tool on the W7 partition will remove the "collateral damage" that Norton inflicted on the other partitions, or if I will be left with ..\EfaData\ in my XP...
Thank you for the information.
I especially appreciate your full answer to the last question.
The day before W7 and EasyBCD were installed I created an Acronis partition image backup of the XP system C:\ ready for restoring normality after trying VirtualBox for running W7.
W7 under VB was...