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System:
Dell Dimension 8250 3.3gz
Drive C: 10000 rpm Raptor w?pci controller card
Drive D: ide Seagate 80 G
Drive G: ide WD600 (just add today)

I back up my operating hd C: to hd D: daily.
I added Drive G. so that I can setup a completely separate hard drive that the grand kids can use and stay off of mine.
I need to edit the boot.ini so that I can select the one of the three drives that I need to boot from.
Current boot file:
[boot loader]
timeout=6
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows Home Xp" /fastdetect
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by:Lukasz Chmielewski
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booting goes from this schema
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows Home Xp" /fastdetect

rdisk(0) - refers to physical disk, so if you have 3 disks, probably it would be disk(2)
partition(0) - where the system is 0 - first partition, etc

if you have installed system on the others (and it would modify the boot.ini file automaticaly) you just need to add in [operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows Home Xp" /fastdetect (if XP HOME)
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by:Lukasz Chmielewski
ID: 23603787
also generally

multi(x)disk(x)rdisk(x)partition(x)\dir="Label"
multi(x) - hdd controller number
disk(x) - SCSI id (case IDE x=0)
rdisk(x) - number identifying hdd (case SCSI x=0)
partition(x) - partition number
dir - sys folder (%systemroot%)
Label - system label
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by:anaron
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All 3 drives are cloned bootable drives and on bootup I need to be able to select which drive I will boot from.
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by:anaron
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Ok, Check this and see iff it will work. My sata drive is disk 0, the backup drive is disk 1 & the drive for the grandkids is disk 2 according to Disk Management. All 3 drives have 2 partitions with the os on the second partition.

[boot loader]
timeout=6
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Ron Burnes" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(2)\WINDOWS=" Backup" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Grand Kids" /fastdetect
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Lukasz Chmielewski earned 1000 total points
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seems ok, backup boot ini just for a case and switch to that
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by:anaron
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Thanks Roads. Worked like a charm
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