booting windows off a secondary or slave drive

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i've seen a 1994 post that says DOS won't boot from a secondary drive.

Does Win9X boot off a Secondary drive? Off a slave(master or secondary)?
what about Win NT/2k/XP?

out of interest, does Win 3.1 only boot off a primary master?
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.computer,alt.computers,comp.sys.ibm.pc.misc,alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    Windows boots from the 1st ACTIVE partition it sees.

    Anon wrote:
    >
    > i've seen a 1994 post that says DOS won't boot from a secondary drive.
    >
    > Does Win9X boot off a Secondary drive? Off a slave(master or secondary)?
    > what about Win NT/2k/XP?
    >
    > out of interest, does Win 3.1 only boot off a primary master?
  2. Archived from groups: alt.computer,alt.computers,comp.sys.ibm.pc.misc,alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    Win9x = No; must be primary drive.
    Win XP = Will boot off secondary drive.

    --
    DaveW


    "Anon" <q_q_anonymous@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:61f945bb.0409131113.1522dd95@posting.google.com...
    > i've seen a 1994 post that says DOS won't boot from a secondary drive.
    >
    > Does Win9X boot off a Secondary drive? Off a slave(master or secondary)?
    > what about Win NT/2k/XP?
    >
    > out of interest, does Win 3.1 only boot off a primary master?
  3. Archived from groups: alt.computer,alt.computers,comp.sys.ibm.pc.misc,alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    "DaveW" <none@zero.org> wrote in message news:<Z2q1d.42993$D%.832@attbi_s51>...
    > Win9x = No; must be primary drive.
    > Win XP = Will boot off secondary drive.
    >
    > --
    > DaveW


    will win9x boot off a primary slave's primary partition?
    secondary partition?

    does xp boot off any drive (primary drive or secondary drive , master
    or slave, primary partition or secondary partition)?

    thanks
  4. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    Actually, all Windows' can be installed on any partition/disk, but the
    loader files (NT,W2K,XP = ntldrntdetect,boot.ini), will be on the first
    active primary partition.

    Of course, if you can choose which physical disk (IDE0, IDE1 ...) you want
    to have as 1st disk in BIOS boot order, that messes it up a bit....

    There are ways to circumvent this with hidden partitions etc, but these
    require 3rd party progs..


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    "DaveW" <none@zero.org> kirjoitti viestissä
    news:Z2q1d.42993$D%.832@attbi_s51...
    > Win9x = No; must be primary drive.
    > Win XP = Will boot off secondary drive.
    >
    > --
    > DaveW
    >
    >
    >
    > "Anon" <q_q_anonymous@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
    > news:61f945bb.0409131113.1522dd95@posting.google.com...
    > > i've seen a 1994 post that says DOS won't boot from a secondary drive.
    > >
    > > Does Win9X boot off a Secondary drive? Off a slave(master or
    secondary)?
    > > what about Win NT/2k/XP?
    > >
    > > out of interest, does Win 3.1 only boot off a primary master?
    >
    >
  5. Archived from groups: alt.computer,alt.computers,comp.sys.ibm.pc.misc,alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    DOS (Win3.1), Win9x,ME,NT,2000,XP all boot from primary master drive,
    primary partition (which MS refers it as system partition).

    However, you can install Win9x,ME,NT,2000,XP to another partition (which MS
    refers it as boot partition), primary slave drive, or secondary master or
    slave drive.

    To create multiple boot system, you have to use your primary drive primary
    paration as system paration and format as C: in FAT16 format (depended on
    which OSes you install).

    DOS, Win3.1, WIN95: Support FAT16 only
    Win98, ME: Support FAT16 and FAT32
    WinNT: Support FAT16, NTFS4
    Win2000/XP: Support FAT16, FAT32, NTFS4, NTFS5

    That means the following files must be in C: drive.

    DOS/Win31:
    -------------------
    COMMAND.COM
    MSDOS.SYS
    IO.SYS
    AUTOEXEC.BAT
    CONFIG.SYS


    WinNT/2000/XP:
    -----------------------
    BOOTSECT.DOS
    BOOT.INI
    NTLDR
    NTDETECT.COM


    Eric
    http://pcsupport.xstudio.ca


    "Anon" <q_q_anonymous@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:61f945bb.0409140846.62569110@posting.google.com...
    > "DaveW" <none@zero.org> wrote in message
    news:<Z2q1d.42993$D%.832@attbi_s51>...
    > > Win9x = No; must be primary drive.
    > > Win XP = Will boot off secondary drive.
    > >
    > > --
    > > DaveW
    >
    >
    > will win9x boot off a primary slave's primary partition?
    > secondary partition?
    >
    > does xp boot off any drive (primary drive or secondary drive , master
    > or slave, primary partition or secondary partition)?
    >
    > thanks
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