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Chapter 1.  Installing and Booting Windo... > Boot problems in systems with multip...

1.14. Boot problems in systems with multiple drives

The inability to boot from a drive you think is good can be caused by changes to the active partition or by the value of the setting in boot.ini for the given boot option. For example, you might have cloned a drive to replace your old drive but not made the partition on the new drive active, preventing Windows 2000 from booting from the drive. Or you might have marked a partition active in Windows 2000 that doesn't contain a bootable OS, then tried to reboot.

Only one partition can be active at a time, and the one that is active is used to boot the operating system at startup. How you reactivate the appropriate partition depends on whether or not you can boot Windows 2000.


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