Re: RFC: specification for probing other OSes
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On Wednesday 17 March 2004 15:38, Eddy Petrisor wrote:
> There is the posibility that the partition that booted
> before not to be the one containing the other(s) OS.
> Take Windows 2k or XP: They can have their boot files on
> the primary partition that is marked as bootable, but the
> files on another partition (even on another drive). (I know
> this for sure).
IIRC for my Windows 2k system, the Windows installation creates a bootsector
on both the rootpartition _and_ the partition on which the /winnt directory
Unlike Debian, you don't have a choice :-(
For older versions (95/98) I've had to recreate the bootsector.
Note that for Windows NT/2k and maybe XP, the default installation is in
/winnt, not /windows and I think
To recreate the Windows 98 bootpartition, I used the shareware program
bootpart (see http://www.winimage.com). If it's that 'easy' to create
bootsectors, should it not be possible to look for signatures in the
bootsectors of partitions themselves? (Although I guess they could be
leftovers from deleted OSs.)
Maybe the guy that developed this program could help...
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