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Dual-boot Question

Discussion in 'Windows - General discussion' started by Slydoode, Sep 12, 2007.

  1. Slydoode

    Slydoode Member

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    I installed 2 copies of XP on a laptop with Partitions C: and D: and used XP boot loader to choose my OS.

    I needed to cut all access from one drive to the other. I did this using group policy, worked great. Can't see the opposite drive and can't access it with explorer... However If I use a program (ie. a self extracting zip file) from XP on drive D: and C: happens to be the path, it can export to C: still no problem.

    Any Ideas? I read somewhere that I could do it by making both partitions active? I don't know if it'll work, but i tried and so far my partition editors wont allow it.

    Do I have to reinstall D: and name both partitions C: ?
    I know it's complicated but any help is appreciated.
     
  2. ianski7

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    Hey, you can restrict any data being written to the drive by enabling Disk Quota. Right click on the drive in explorer> properties> disk quota

    check the enable quota box
    check the deny disk space
    check limit disk space
    enter 1kb as limit
    hit apply

    Now nothing over 1kb can be written to the disk.
    When you need the partition, you will disable the quota.
    You will have to do this every time you switch partitions.....

     
  3. scorpNZ

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    The partitions are automatically set to active or at least should be,i'm dual booting but with seperate hdd's but by rights when you boot to the D drive once it's loaded the drive letter should be C & vice versa

    your boot menu should look smething like this the most important part is the rdisk & the partition number,you can ignore the wording between the " " marks as you can add anything you like inside them ,the noexecute etc maybe slightly diff or around the other way on xp home


    [boot loader]
    timeout=10
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]

    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional JUNE 05" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS-"Microsoft Windows XP Proffesional July 05" /noexecute=optin /fastedetect

    I've spaced it to make it easier to read so each line is usually on it's own & no spacing underneath each other,tho i dare say you already know that


    Basicly you CAN'T have two Drives reading as C which is why you'll find the OS you boot to will automatically change the drive letter of the non boot OS, but when you switch the same will be true, so when you boot to drive D it will or should become Drive C and you will see the other drive will become another drive letter till you boot to it,this is very odd the only thing i can think of is that it may be necessary for the harddrive jumper to moved from cable select to master or vice versa BUT best wait till someone can confirm,more homework is needed


    You could try asking this question at this site as they specialise in dual booting and imaging,my guess is NightOwl will have come across this problem if you have no luck here

    http://radified.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl

     
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2007
  4. Slydoode

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    Thanks guys, but I did figure out my problem.

    To begin I'll note that when I boot into XP-1 it boots as the C: drive and when I boot to XP-2 It boots as the D: drive.

    What I did was under tools>folder options>view I unchecked "use simple file sharing"

    This allows a security tab to appear when viewing the properties of a drive. Under this security tab I clicked advanced, then added the user from the C: drive to the lest(it finds it automatically when you type the name and click "check name") and restricted all access to the D: drive for that user. Next I did the same for the user on the other OS restricting all access to drive C:

    This works flawlessly for C: as I created a limited user, but for D: I required an administrator account for the user. This means that the user on D: can create a new user that therefore isn't restricted from C:

    Not really a nessecity, but is it possible to limit an admin account (using another "master admin" account of course) So that they can't add a user?

    Thanks for the help guys!
     
  5. scorpNZ

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    Not that i'm aware of as i have'nt seen any check boxes, it appears to preset all accounts made

    EDIT: So the above fix you made will it stop unzipped files going to drive C and install or be put into drive D
     
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