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    Multi Boot Problems!!

    hi


    my friend recently had to format his hard disk due to some problems
    then i connected his disk to my computer n with the help of norton system works i created a ghost of my disk on his disk!
    i then rebooted my pc and as expected i saw two options to select from(as in multiboot)
    it worked fine at that time! and everything was fine!
    than i disconnected his disk and thats where all the problems started!
    i still see two options when i start my pc out of which one is of my disk( it works fine) and when i select the other option it never worked and it showed n error msg. and i had to restart
    Also my friend's disk never worked anyway on his pc!

    so what can i do? plz tell me i need it fast!

    P.S. My pc has a windows xp SP2 installed and i used norton to make the ghost

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    Please remember that WinXP is hardware conscious from an anti-piracy viewpoint.

    You created a mirror of your machine on his HDD, so I am not surprised that it did not work back on his machine. It really was not a good idea IMO

    Your machine thinks that it has two HDDs because you removed the second one, rather than uninstalling it...............it does not know the difference between a drive that is not there and one that is broken, so you get an error.

    In your case you could reinstal his disk and uninstal it before removing it. In his case he should reformat and reinstal Windows. As you know which is your real disk, you could just boot from that one?

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    Hi,

    As Nihil said you friend will have to reformat and reinstall for the reasons he specified................But you can remove the extra Boot-up menu from your Startup................you will have to edit you Boot.ini file...............you will have to remove the extra entry manually by opening it in the Notepad.........

    Or by using the boofcfg command

    bootcfg /list

    Will list all the OS in the boot.ini file list ...then use the



    bootcfg /delete /id (OS Entry Line Num e.g 1 , 2 ,3 ))

    To delete the wrong entry...............for help about more options use bootcfg /delete /?..............make sure you make a backup copy of the boot.ini before doing this..............you might delete the wrong entry...........

    --Good Luckk--

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    And if anybody needs to add, ghosting a winxp hdd is illegal, except for back-up purposes [which should work since the hardware doesn't change].
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    i understand the point of an attempted piracy! and i m now feeling good that i didnt break the rules of the society. but still i m thankfil to all of u that u helped erasing that rediculous option that never worked!

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    I dont believe you can just ghost a drive on one pc and expect it to work on another unless the machines you are ghosting are identical to one another. if the mobo is different there will be lockups. this will ahppen no matter what OS you are using.
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    Originally posted here by Ghost_25inf
    I dont believe you can just ghost a drive on one pc and expect it to work on another unless the machines you are ghosting are identical to one another. if the mobo is different there will be lockups. this will ahppen no matter what OS you are using.
    Has anyone tried Ghosting an XP machine to identical hardware? Just curious if it would work.
    N00b> STFU i r teh 1337 (english: You must be mistaken, good sir or madam. I believe myself to be quite a good player. On an unrelated matter, I also apparently enjoy math.)

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    i actually heard from one of my friends that when ghosting one hard disk to another, it works!
    it never actually worked in my case and i m thankful to that coz it was an attempted case of piracy! so dont try it!

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    Has anyone tried Ghosting an XP machine to identical hardware? Just curious if it would work.
    Yes it will. Also remember that you can get a commercial license for the software, which does not have the protection that OEM and private/public versions have. I believe that stolen commercial versions are the source of a lot of pirated software, for this reason.

    Cheers



    i actually heard from one of my friends that when ghosting one hard disk to another, it works!
    As I said, it will in a business environment. Again, it is only "piracy" if the software has not been paid for in the first place. There is nothing illegal about using ghosts or a different CD, provided that the original is genuine and paid for

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    ok
    now i got the point that nothing is illegal in ghosting if everything is paid up, right?
    that means there is no issue of piracy at all!
    thank u guys for all ur posts n suggestions!

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