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ok so....i recently grabbed a new hd to setup a dual boot. i am installing windows xp pro sp2, the same version on each hd. i format both drives install xp pro on its own partition on each drive, then i edited the boot.ini. everything is working fine for like a week then randomly i try to boot and i get the "hal.dll missing" thing. its weird because it worked fine for like a week then all the sudden decides to not work. anyway i try copying file from xp disc to drive but it wont detect the drive from the recovery prompt. so i try booting from xp disc, hit enter to install xp, hit r to recover and just reinstall windows files while leaving programs and such untouched and only one drive shows up, as if the other one does not even exist. i try to do a fresh install and at the screen where you choose drive and create partitions all it shows is the hd with the os that works fine. its as if the hd doesnt exist.

i guess what im wondering is, preferably, how can i fix this or how can i setup a dual boot with xp on both that will JUST WORK!!!

someone recommended using hardrive profiles, but that doesnt work for the way im trying to set this up. also i rechecked my boot.ini and it is correct so i know that is not the problem.

heres my past thread: http://www.overclock.net/windows/189...ml#post2152851
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once you have booted into windows, go to Start, Run and type in diskmgmt.msc and click OK.

check to see if windows is picking up that drive and if there is maybe a drive letter conflict.

this could be cos you loaded another OS onto the other HDD.. if that is the case, then change the drive letter from c: (default) to d: then edit the boot.ini file accordingly...

let me know
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cool thankx ill try that. actually yesterday all of the sudden i boot up to os that s been working and i can see my second hd in my computer and it boots fine. weird!? works....doesnt work.....works idk whats goin on but i hope it continues to work.
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ya drive letters are correct so idk. also boot.ini uses hd number not letters but ya the boot.ini is correct too. like i said it randomly works now, but i would still like to figure out whats goin on. i have a feeling it will stop working again.
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