active, primary,logical ?

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  1. BansheeX

    BansheeX Guest


    I don't know what I did but. this is what happened. I went format c:\

    and installed win xp home.I wanted to install a second OS (xp pro)so I

    used acronis partition expert to create another partition which I

    called E.Now I was on automatic mode and when u start u have 3

    choices.either u create a logical a primary or active partition. So it

    said that logic was good only for storing data and primary or active

    were good also for installing operation systems.I went for primary.(I

    later realized that I had 2 primaries not sure if this was the prob to

    begin with)-After I was done with my newly created partition, I

    rebooted and I got this NTLDR error. so I rebooted from my cd and

    installed xp pro_Once Xp pro was installed and I rebooted, my XP home

    was not longer there.That is, I could not longer choose, on reboot,

    between xp home and xp pro. All the directories are there but I don't

    know what to short of starting everything from scratch deleting


    Any suggestions ?

    P.S, If I want to install 2 os on 2 diff partitions.the partitions have

    to be either, active,primary or logic ? if yes which what should I

    choose ?

  2. zebis

    zebis Registered Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    Is it just one hard drive? If so how big is it?
    example: I you have lets say 40 gb. use boot disk with FDISK utility.

    Create a primary partition but specify 50% or however big you want to make it.
    after the first primary partition is created , Create an extended partition for the remainder.

    You should have 2 partitions now, 1 Primary, 1 Extended C: and D:
    Install your first OS on the Primary C:.

    When you install the second OS install it on the D:
    Make sure your c: drive is the active partion.

    after all this, you should get a boot menu when you start up your computer to choose which OS you want.

    Hope this helps a little, I've done a tri boot system with 98SE, WIN 2000 AND Mandrake linux 9.2. Worked like a charm.

    Good luck,

  3. blueznl

    blueznl Registered Member

    Feb 19, 2005
    haven't tried it yet, but here's what you do, in concept :)

    1. make a prim partition
    2. install xp on it
    3. hide it
    4. make another partition
    5. install xp on it
    6. hide it

    now, if you have a decent bootmanager, you can 'unhide' the one you need, 'hide' the one you don't need

    as i said, i haven't tried this before with osselector, though one of these days i will...
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