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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 to catch up.

If you can't sort it out with that, head to BOOTCFG which again is well documented at places like

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.

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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

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
In reply to: Incorrect terminology

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.

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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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