|Understand that you say it has two partitions; but for general discussion the recovery partition is usually "just that" and doesn't usually have enough space for much else other than the recovery files/data...; certainly not advised to use for anything else… |
On most systems that recovery partition used to be at the physical start of the drive; and was labeled partition(1); and usually hidden... And also often called PQ (not Q as I suggested earlier). Thus the main partition (presuming the drive hadn't been broken into an OS/apps etc. partition - and a separate data area - consequently was called partition(2).
Your 03 doesn't appear to follow the above - as regards partition numbering - if H: is after C: physically on the drive; but if H: is physically first on the drive - which used to be the norm… - then yes it would/does follow the above logic. And I am inclined to ponder in that direction… H: is at the physical head of the drive (or is it)?
Where I last worked full-time - we went from Dell to HP/Compaq (not my choice), and they all came with a recovery partition (PQ) at the physical head of the drive; and called partition(1); the single (main) partition followed and was called partition(2).
For whatever reason it seems that some systems now arrive (HP being one of them it appears) with the recovery partition "after" the main partition; and it seemingly called all manner of things - other than a, b, or c... Which presumably means that the main partition is now (1) and the recovery is (2). Partitions are numbered (as in the MS etc. articles above) - Primary partitions first in sequence across drives in sequence, then Extended partitions accordingly/similarly.
What is strange in your 03 is that if there is an XP installation in both C: and H: why it doesn't show both installations and their respective partition in the boot.ini... Your boot.ini as posted shows the presence of a single partition with XP installed there (and with actually two entries that are effectively the same - allowing for typos)?
One would expect to see an entry for and XP installation in partition(2) as well...
Multi(0) scsi(0) rdisk(0) partition(2)
- for the C: installation…; but it isn't there...?
So quite how one can boot to the C: version - at this time... Am I misreading/missing something here? Are you actually only "seeing" the C: partition from the H: installation - but can't boot into it (C: ) which is what I would expect based on your current boot.ini.
However... are you familiar with the” bootcfg” command/option... This scans a system (that uses/includes a boot.ini) for "all" NT based OS installations (NT through to XP at least) and adds them to the current boot.ini. Useful if you have such an OS and it isn't in the boot.ini (as here...?)
It can be run via Recovery Console; and also from a command line (dos box) prompt (start\run - type cmd - and press return/enter)
Have a look-see/read of these two articles; one is the M$ KB about it ,and the other a more detailed (and I suggest helpful how to use it). Note in the second one that part way down it discusses running the command/utility from a command prompt...
Possibly bootcfg command this will bring up the other version (on C: ) into the boot.ini - for you to access/boot into...?
It won't (or doesn't as far I've ever experienced) do any harm to the booting of the currently active OS (in H: in your current situation)
If it does find the C: version... then you will have two lines is the boot.ini that are very similar if not near identical... The only/main difference being the partition number... One of them (H: ) will be and presumably remain (1) and the other (C: ) will be (2). Although there is a feint possibility that they may be renumbered so that the C: partition = (1) and the H: partition = (2)... (if H: is actually after C: physically on the drive - which I suspect it isn’t...). And if that were to happen they ought to still boot OK... Not having been is your current situation I'm speculating on this last bit re' the partition numbers switching around; it "may" not happen... This switching of partition numbers would “not” occur if H: is indeed physically first on the drive, and C: is physically second and immediately after it. C: will simply be correctly labeled partition(2).
In defence of some of the younger crowd... There are some "bright young things" (male and female) here who are way ahead of some of us of more mature years... There is one 16-17yr old who more than earns his spurs here at times... And many years ago a Microsoft chap at a professional computer fair commented to me that “some of the brightest and best software people” (designers and support) they had were - mon Dieu... - 'female"..., and often left many of their male counterparts trailing way behind in the dust...; much to their (male) chagrin...
There were two Unix support ladies where last I worked - we called the more mature/senior one "the Unix Queen", and the younger - "queen in waiting"; and what they didn't know about Unix can likely be writ on a postage stamp... They were highly regarded and well respected by all.