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    Dual boot from two hard drives when EITHER one present OR both at the same time in PC

    Yeh, I had thought of that as well but I thought maybe it could be fixed. With the 2nd boot menu, when you select recovery console, you get this error: Disk Error Press any key to restart Press a key and it says something like: Please restart and select the proper boot device Or insert a...
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    Dual boot from two hard drives when EITHER one present OR both at the same time in PC

    OK, it is almost complete now. Just one little thing which isn't quite right. When I boot from Windows 7 drive, I get the first boot menu, where everything works: Windows 7 (works) Windows XP (gives 2nd menu, see below *) Recovery Console for XP (works) But the second menu is like this...
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    Dual boot from two hard drives when EITHER one present OR both at the same time in PC

    That was a good suggestion. I really thought that would work. It has half-worked! :lol: I did what you said and I am able to use the recovery option from boot menu. However I think installing the recovery console by following the steps in that article over-writes the Windows 7 boot manager. I...
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    Dual boot from two hard drives when EITHER one present OR both at the same time in PC

    Before I got recovery console onto the boot menu, I could not run it from the XP CD. I don't know why. My XP CD came with the PC, which is an oem version so maybe they took it out, but I can't think why they'd do that. That's the reason why I installed it as suggested from this page: How to...
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    Dual boot from two hard drives when EITHER one present OR both at the same time in PC

    I just got back after booting and it didn't work. So I think I'm going to leave it here instead of trial and error and wasting our time. I'm still able to boot into Windows 7 and XP, and also recovery console when booting from XP drive. This is a lot of accomplishment for the goals I set at...
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    Dual boot from two hard drives when EITHER one present OR both at the same time in PC

    OK, I did the long thing: I went into recovery consoles of XP and W7 and used diskpart to take note of what drive letters it is seeing. XP Boot partition: From XP Recovery console = J From XP OS = I From W7 OS = I All other drives are same in XP recovery console as in XP and W7 Operating...
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    Dual boot from two hard drives when EITHER one present OR both at the same time in PC

    LOL! Let me tell you this that I had reinstalled windows XP 2 or 3 times before I finally got the letters I wanted. Once I followed this guide: How to restore the systemboot drive letter in Windows But this broke my XP and I could only get up to login screen and it would freeze before showing...
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    Dual boot from two hard drives when EITHER one present OR both at the same time in PC

    Changing the letter of the W7 drive's boot.ini to K didn't work. So C, I, K don't work. XP's boot.ini is fixed fixed when I use C: for recovery console. When I use K:, I do see a different error though. It is saying that some hal.dll file is missing. So it makes me wonder whether recovery...
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    Dual boot from two hard drives when EITHER one present OR both at the same time in PC

    If you look at the filename of my screenshot, I had made a note where I was booting from. It was the W7 drive I booted from. I also took a screenshot of Disk management when I booted from XP drive. I was going to post both of them, which is the reason I took a bit time to reply for that post...
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    Dual boot from two hard drives when EITHER one present OR both at the same time in PC

    Ah yeh I should have left the XP boot.ini since that was working. I will change the drive letter back to C: As for the drive letters. I had manually changed them so that "I" drive is seen as "I" in both operating systems, and "K" is seen as "K" in both. (You maybe wondering why I didn't use I...
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    Dual boot from two hard drives when EITHER one present OR both at the same time in PC

    I found the cmdcons folder in boot partitions of both drives i.e. in the same place where boot.ini exists. I changed the drive letter in boot.ini for cmdcons to be the same as the boot.ini partition. So for windows 7 boot.ini, I change it to: K:\CMDCONS\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows Recovery...
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    Dual boot from two hard drives when EITHER one present OR both at the same time in PC

    Hi jake, yes I knew what you were trying to get at. I will try what you suggested. I've attached a screenshot anyway of Disk Management as seen in Windows 7. I will report back if this works.
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    Dual boot from two hard drives when EITHER one present OR both at the same time in PC

    XP drive's boot.ini: [boot loader] timeout=5 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS [operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect C:\CMDCONS\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons...
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    Dual boot from two hard drives when EITHER one present OR both at the same time in PC

    Hi Terry, As mentioned in my first post, I was getting the second menu like this: Windows 7 Windows XP Recovery Console for XP Windows (default) I removed the entry for Windows 7 (which was also set to default as well) from the boot.ini files on both drives. This removed the "Windows...
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    Dual boot from two hard drives when EITHER one present OR both at the same time in PC

    Slaam, I want to keep this simple so here goes... I have two drives, one IDE and one SATA. Now, I want to install XP on the IDE drive and Windows 7 on the SATA drive. However, my goal is that I want to be able to successfully boot into windows in the following cases: 1) Boot into XP when only...
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