Operating System

David Kelly dkelly at hiwaay.net
Thu May 15 08:40:48 PDT 2003

On Thu, May 15, 2003 at 10:00:06AM -0500, Peter Elsner wrote:
> uhm... boot managers are for when you have multiple operating systems on a 
> SINGLE hard drive...
> Not for switching physically between 2 hard drives....

Why not? F5 in the boot manager FreeBSD uses toggles to the next drive.
At least FreeBSD tolerates being booted off something other than the C:
0x80 drive.

The BIOS boots the boot manager on the first drive whose prior default
boot was F5 so after 5 or 10 seconds it hands off to the boot manager on
the 2nd drive. And eventually you boot.

I happen to have NT4 and FreeBSD 4.8 on the same drive at the moment but
that has not always been the case.

I suspect the original questioner somehow missed installing the boot
manager on the primary drive and only installed on the secondardy.

David Kelly N4HHE, dkelly at hiwaay.net
The human mind ordinarily operates at only ten percent of its
capacity -- the rest is overhead for the operating system.

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