Windows XP & Windows Server 2003 Dual Boot Problem with External Disk

By greenflash
Dec 26, 2007
  1. Hello guys,

    I have 3 internal (1 80 gb sata1, 1 200 gb sata1 and 1 20 gb pata) and 1 extarnal ( 500 gb sata2 usb) hard disk.

    When i connect all hard drives:

    in Computer Management > Storage > Disk Management

    Disk0 (80 GB sata1) has two partitions:
    C: 43.95 GB NTFS E:30.57 GB (both has NTFS structure)

    Disk1 (200 GB sata1) has two partitions:
    D: 97.65 GB G:88.65 GB (both has NTFS structure)

    Disk2 (20 GB pata) has 1 logical drive (19.01 GB - all available space assigned)
    (hast NTFS structure)
    Disk3 (500 GB Sata2-external-usb) has two partitions
    H:75.13 GB K:390.63 GB (both has NTFS structure)

    My Boot.ini file structure:

    [boot loader]
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows NT 2003 SR2"

    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="WindowsXP Pro S2" "/fastdetect"

    Windows XP is installed on C: partition on Disk0

    Windows Server 2003 installed on G: partition on Disk1

    When, i connect USB external disk i am able to boot on Windows XP, however it won't let me boot Windows Server 2003 while USB disk connected,

    i am receiving an error about "please reinstall ntoskrnl.exe"

    I think something wrong with my boot.ini,

    It was working fine, but i accidently deleted a wrong entry instead of a dead entry, and that was the starting point of my problem.

    Anyone can recommend me a solution?

    I may try Recovery console, i am also open up to other suggestions.


    if i remove external disk, then it lets me to boot server 2003
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    As you said, 2003 is installed on Disk 1. Your boot.ini says multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows NT 2003 SR2"
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