Boot from two OS from two hard discs

sergey_qw
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hello all!

I have a problem.
I have 2 hard disc - first with WinXP and second with win98. And I want to boot XP or win98 by my choice

boot.ini on first HDD is

[boot loader]
timeout=5
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\windows

[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\windows = "Windows XP" /fastdetect

but I can't boot win98
I tried to add string to boot.ini

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\windows = "Win98"

or

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\ = "Win98"

or write boot sector to file and put it on HDD1 with XP and add string

c:\w98.bin = "Win98"

and all this ways did't help me.

Any suggestions? :)
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Commented:
I believe that the hard drive or partition that has win98 must be the C drive and winXP can be on D drive.This is the only way you can get multiboot without a boot manager software.

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Usualy when you have win98 on c-disk
under [operating systems]
C:\="Microsoft Windows"

change it to:
D:\="Microsoft Windows"
Commented:
here is something it would look like:


[boot loader]
timeout=5
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP" /fastdetect
D:\="Microsoft Windows"
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change the partitions to your settings (2 must be 0)!

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Commented:
When you get tired of fighting with this from a software angle you can take the easy route and purchase a piece of hardware called TriOS from www.tigerdirect.com
This will allow you to switch between hard drives at boot time.
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