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How do you determine the UNC? path for a volume?

by danielostrander / May 3, 2013 1:24 PM PDT

I want to manually edit the boot.ini file to incorporate an XP installation on a secondary drive, however I can't find anywhere that shows the drive volume path (multi(?)disk(?)rdisk(?)partition(?) UNC?). Anybodu know how you can get the path for a partcular volume?

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Bad idea
by Jimmy Greystone / May 3, 2013 2:03 PM PDT

This is a bad idea. Manually editing the boot.ini file should be an absolute last resort option. Look around, and you should be able to find a couple of free programs to do it for you. That way you save having a minor typo make your entire computer not boot.

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Not so bad...
by danielostrander / May 3, 2013 7:44 PM PDT
In reply to: Bad idea

I've edited them a number of times, it's just a text file, you just need to pay attention to what you're doing. In my instance I'd just be copying the entire line entry for a typical XP Pro installation and just changing the drive variables, hence my question.

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First you explore it with DISKPART
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 4, 2013 1:56 AM PDT

Read http://www.techrepublic.com/article/take-command-of-disk-management-in-windows-xp-with-diskpart/5058719 to catch up.

If you can't sort it out with that, head to BOOTCFG which again is well documented at places like http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixtheproblem/ht/repairbootini.htm

Armed with this information you may get there. Here I didn't need to go beyond these two commands.

-> Just a wild guess. I heard a similar plea from someone that had a XP partition that they wanted to boot but they had Windows 7 installed. It took them months to figure out boot.ini was a useless as a screen door on a submarine.
Bob

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Incorrect terminology
by danielostrander / May 5, 2013 8:25 PM PDT

As it turns out I am referencing the wrong drive path "concept" not UNC but ARC. Ended up coming across the perfect little utility for harvesting the info at
http://www.boyans.net/ArcPaths/ArcPaths.htm

Thanks for your input guy's.

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Acronyms and more.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 6, 2013 2:19 AM PDT
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Nice util but with bootcfg I completed the work over and over to fix blown boot records. And I'll part with a word about EasyBCD. In short, make the bootable version of EasyBCD for that bad day at the computer farm.
Bob

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bootcfg yes, unfortunately...
by danielostrander / May 6, 2013 9:46 AM PDT
In reply to: Acronyms and more.

Yeah bootcfg /scan would just populate the list right on up, however on my system for some reason or another (just haven't taken the time to nail it down) I can't get rconsole to load without giving me everybodies favorite BSOD. So I was just trying to work it out without having to address that issue, they don't call me The Procrastinator for nuthin

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