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#1 blueyearlight

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 01:05 AM

Hi,

I want to be able to dual boot any partition like C: Does anybody know how?

An example, if I have two hard drives, I install Windows XP on one, then I install Windows XP on the second one.
The first hard drive I put it as master, the second one as slave. The master is seen as C: and the slave is seen as D: Whenever I want to change the hard drives, slave as master, then the system will see it as C: even if it was a drive D: before.

I would like to be able to do the same thing with partitions, so at the time I access any partition, the system see it as drive C:

I know there are a couple of things that have to do with that like the master boot record and a primary or active partition, but I still cannot understand why that's possible with hard drives and not with partitions if they are completely separate even if they are on the same drive, virtually they are two different drives.

Any idea on how to do that?.

Thanks!

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 04:08 AM

Details of your Machine would Help us Help you.

Dual Booting is not a Problem, if done properly. When your machine starts up, it will give you the Option to Boot into any System you have, before going into Default.

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 08:32 AM

Windows...sees a dual-boot...in the following manner (example, I have XP on 1 hard drive, Win 7 on another hard drive, both XP and Win 7 on a 3d hard drive):

Whichever O/S I boot into...will always be seen as C: when it is booted into. Windows is set up to always see the active, working O/S as the C: partition (assuming that each was properly installed and there are no hidden/recovery/manufacturer partitions which gum up the works).

All other partitions will be seen from that C: install...as E:, F:, etc., depending on the order they are installed. They are ordinary partitions, when viewed from system partition which is C:.

There can be only one C: partition at a time and the C: partition changes each time a different O/S is booted into.

The infamous "local disk" name may be given to a partition which contains an O/S...but is not active, is not booted into at the moment.

The only type of partition that is normally designated C: is the partition containing the operating system. Doing anything else may result in confusion for Windows, since it expects C: to contain the O/S booted into and active at that moment.

<<...but I still cannot understand why that's possible with hard drives and not with partitions>>

Partitions/drives...same thing, as far as Windows is concerned. If there is an O/S on that partition and it is booted into...it will reflect the C: designation. I've installed two O/Ses on the same hard drive and each reflected C: when booted into.

The only possible complication that I can envision...is if some other type of partition precedes the system partition on that hard drive.

FWIW: There is no need to physically switch drives when a dual-boot is set up properly.

<<I would like to be able to do the same thing with partitions, so at the time I access any partition, the system see it as drive C:>>

Impossible...why would you want a data partition to be designated as C:?

Such would destroy any concept of organization used by any program and by Windows.

Obviously...I'm not understanding your intent.

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