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Two Hard Disks

by viki27385 / August 21, 2005 3:48 AM PDT

Anybody please please help me with this.

I have two Hard Disks assembled in my PC. Each has one Win98_SE OS installed in it. I used to boot any one of my hard disk using it's Win98_SE copy.

After a recent problem I reinstalled both my Win98_SE copies back on each hard disk after formatting in the same drive it was installed before .

But now it does not boot the Win98_SE copy in hard disk which is under Primary Slave category in BIOS. It gives problem "Invalid System Disk. Press any key to continue" while booting & then does not boot Primary Slave Hard Disk's OS copy.

It boots the other OS copy on Primary Master Hard Disk. I am also able to access the Primary Slave Hard Disk data by booting through Primary Master Hard Disk.

What is the solution to this problem?? I need that my PC should boot with either copy of 2 hard disks just by changing the boot sequence in BIOS (I used to follow this method earlier). How do I achieve it??

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 21, 2005 4:46 AM PDT
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You can find BOOT MANAGERS like BOOT MAGIC and others that may help, but Windows didn't do this well on its own.


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What or who is brand computer with 98SE with two hard drives
by Earth9111 / August 25, 2005 12:06 AM PDT
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Just curious,you have two hard drives? Invalid boot floppy? You should have two boot floppy disks. Boot floppy is to access the sofware to install CD sequence.You have to use the right floppy or you will keep getting that invalid message.I'm dumb but,I didn't know you could get two hard drives going in that year with Windows 98 SE.What is name of machine and that motherboard? Go here for downloading oot floppy for Wimdows 98 SE

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by Mojo_58 / August 26, 2005 4:40 AM PDT
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I'm not sure but you may need to add the BOOTMULTI=1 statement in your MSDOS.SYS file on your primary boot partition.

Technically you are running a multiboot even though they happen to be the same OS. Worth a try anyway.

Edward Fox

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An explanation but certainly no fix.
by Cursorcowboy / August 26, 2005 11:03 PM PDT
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1. I used to boot any one of my hard disk using it's Win98_SE copy.

a. Unless you state the procedure actually used to accomplish this feat, nobody is going to believe it can be done - if at all?

b. How was the OS copy put on each drive initially?

? one at a time with each drive set as master

? both drives were in the computer set as master and slave and the OS installed to each drive separately

? any other mode used for installing the OS to both drives

? afterwards and using Windows, was any type utility used for selecting which drive to boot

2. After a recent problem I reinstalled both my Win98_SE copies back on each hard disk after formatting in the same drive it was installed before .

Since we do not know your steps and procedure, the only conclusion I can think of:

? Each of the drives was not set as the Master C: drive when the install took place. Therefore, when the second OS was installed on the Slave drive, the installation process overwrote the boot root files on the Master.

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