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Posted 01 October 2008 - 04:15 PM
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Posted 02 October 2008 - 04:22 AM
As I understand it: I have two partitions, each containing Windows XP installs. The version that I boot into is the boot partition and is THE active partition (only one per hard drive allowed at one time)...while the other partition is a momentary system partition on the hard drive. I can have 3 system partitions and 1 boot partition on 1 hard drive, no more.
Of course, all of this is changeable because...I can go into my BIOS and alter my boot.ini file...to make any of my four partitions the bootable partition.
<<When I come to test E: as the alternative System Partition, how do I choose to boot from it, rather than C:? If it calls for editing Registry entries, I can't do that.>>
Editing or duplicating a boot.ini file is not editing the registry, see How to edit the Boot.ini file in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;en-us;289022
<<3. Have I overlooked anything?>>
A matter of perspective, I think. IMO, your original premises/plans...were not good at all...because you are relying on one hard drive to function perfectly forever. A better premise would be to just buy some disk-imaging software, create a backup of your system periodically...and reinstall that when trouble comes (as it will).
If you are trying to bullet-proof yourself against hard drive failures...there are better ways to attempt such (not necessarily achieve such) than the method you have outlined...IMO.
<<4. Is this at all possible??>>
Sure. I don't think it's desireable, though.
Others may have dissimilar opinions .
Posted 02 October 2008 - 07:06 AM
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