Can't access drives after dual boot

November 25, 2010 at 18:28:36
Specs: Windows 2003
I got a dell server machine with two physical SATA drives labelled C and D. The server runs server 2003 installed on drive C: on the 1st drive. In an attempt to resolve a logon issue, I installed another server 2003 OS on the 1st drive creating a new partition E on its unpartition space without altering the previous OS in C. I now have the two OS from which i choose when the syatem starts up.
The problem I am having now is that, contrary to the way things are before the installation, whenever i run the old OS on C, I can only see the C drive in 'my computer and disc management' but but with the new OS I can see all other drives. What do I do to the old OS to be able to access other drives on the system. The new OS is not needed any more since it was just created to resolve an issue.

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November 27, 2010 at 09:29:02
Please post your boot.ini for review.

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December 2, 2010 at 09:38:26
Hi Wanderer,

Here is a past of the boot.ini I got from running msconfig command. I got this same result from both operating system.

[boot loader]
time out=30
[Operating Systems]
mult(0)disk(rdisk)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows Server 2003,Enterprise"/fastdetect

mult(0)disk(rdisk)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows Server 2003,Enterprise"/noexecute=optout/fastdetect

I have attempted changing the order of this operating systems but that only change the order of the OS while starting up (I.e which comes first). and the situation still remain the same. Someone suggest right-clicking and making the drive C active but that option is not available for the drive.

I look forward to get help on this issue from you guys.

Thank you

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December 2, 2010 at 11:55:37
both entries point to the same location on the 2nd partition.

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows Server 2003,Enterprise"/noexecute=optout/fastdetect

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows Server1 2003,Enterprise"/noexecute=optout/fastdetect

and then select (windows server1 2003 enterprise) when booting up

BTW it does not appear you have two drives but a single drive with two partitions.

Also note the corrections to the rdisk and the #1 in the description field so you know which OS you are booting.

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