Some advice appreciated.

Hi folks,

Just registered so I hope my questions dont seem too ignorant on my part to all you experts. :smile:

Been using EasyBCD for a while and have found it a great utility but still need some things explained.

I have 2 hard drives divided into smaller partitions and all of my OS are on the one drive.

First of all I installed xp on C (the active primary partition)
then windows 7 on both D (primary partition) and E (logical partition). Everything working fine so far.

However if for some reason xp becomes corrupt then neither of the windows 7 on D and E will boot either, I just get a message at boot MBR missing or something to that effect

1 Is there a way to make D the active primary partition (I understand E can't becaise its a logical drive) that will boot either of my three installed OS and give the choice at post?

2 is there a dos utility that I can run that would enable me to make a prtition active if computer won't start and maybe let me browse the drives to see what exactly what is one them?

Thanks very much for any help


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Changing the Boot Partition - EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies Wiki
will make D your active boot drive if you wish.
Any bootable partition manager will set D active.
Here's a free one
Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to manage partition directly with partition manager bootable CD..
W7 Control Panel > Backup & Restore > Create repair disc will give you a way of recreating the W7 boot files on the active drive if the PC won't boot.
Recovering the Windows Bootloader from the DVD - EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies Wiki