Laptop with multiple bootable drives

TimT

New Member
#1
I have a laptop with 64-bit Windows 7 installed. It has an eSATA connection to which I have attached an external caddie and for which I have two separate drives. Building the first of these to Windows 2008 R2 Standard goes without a hitch. When I swap this and build the second drive also to Windows 2008 R2 Standard, this too is fine - but I cannot swap disks and then boot from the first external drive.

Simple (?) questions:

o Can you have two identical OS's listed in the BCD? (I tried renaming one in EasyBCD but BCD really didn't like this)

o Can BCD support swappable drives as I have them?

Any insights gratefully received.
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#2
Hi,

You'll need to

1) Delete all 2008 entries from EasyBCD
2) From inside 7, connect eSata 1, and add an entry (eSata 1) in EasyBCD
3) Disconnect eSata 1, connect eSata 2
4) Add an entry (eSata 2) in EasyBCD

Should work.

Be *sure* to use EasyBCD 2.0 beta from EasyBCD 2.0 Beta Builds - The NeoSmart Forums and not the 1.7.2 release!