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I have Windows 7 installed on my C: drive which is located on HDD 0 (my primary hard disk). I just installed XP (used Nlite to make it a small benching OS) on HDD 1 and labeled it R: (no idea why).

I'm having trouble booting to it and I think this is stemming from the fact that it's on a different drive. Easy BCD doesn't give me the option to find an OS on a drive other than C:. Paragon Partition Manager brings up both of my installs but can't fix the bootloader. When I try to select the OS and boot to it from there, I get the Ctrl + Alt + Delete error.

I'm thinking I need a more robust bootloader. Would Grub be a good option? If so, can anyone give me a quick howto?

Thanks guys
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For Easy BCD, which is what I used, you have to write new MBR to that drive for it so that it will give you the option to load it. You pick the letter of the drive you installed on from the drop down menu. Then hit write new MBR or something (its not in front of me). And make sure you chose form the other drop down menu where it OS's, that you chose XP. Or I think I had to choose Vista cuz it didn't have XP. But either way you can do it thru Easy BCD.
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Originally Posted by jfizz84 View Post
For Easy BCD, which is what I used, you have to write new MBR to that drive for it so that it will give you the option to load it. You pick the letter of the drive you installed on from the drop down menu. Then hit write new MBR or something (its not in front of me). And make sure you chose form the other drop down menu where it OS's, that you chose XP. Or I think I had to choose Vista cuz it didn't have XP. But either way you can do it thru Easy BCD.
The drop down menu is greyed out. It won't let me choose anything other than C:.

If I set it to Vista I can choose another letter, but no matter what I choose, it sets it to U:...

I'm terribly confused now.
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try disabling one of the hard drives through BIOS. So disable DISK 0 and enable DISK 1 and see if you can boot XP.

Yeah its pretty annoying switching from one drive to another, but I think it will work

Otherwise you can always use Acronis multi boot manager and configure it from there, or you can edit the boot.ini file to include the startup of another OS
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Most recent update:

I fixed the drive letters and boot menu.

However, I'm getting errors when trying to boot into XP. It says it can't find the install and wants me to insert the recovery disk (which doesn't find XP on my computer).

I know it's there as I used it yesterday. Any ideas?
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