I had the chance to stumble to this great site by looking for a solution to my current OS setup. I tried to look around around since yesterday, but it seems that there is no topic for the idea that I had in mind.
To start, here is my current dual windows 7 os setup.
DISK 0 - windows 7 (bcd- only 1 os installed, DISK 1 is set to offline)
DISK 1 - windows 7 (bcd- only 1 os installed as well, DISK 0 is set to offline)
1. disk 0 and disk 1 have their own bcd and does not see each other.
2. during boot, the disk 0 is set to boot by default. i have to press F8 (boot override) if i want to boot to disk 1.
problem: it gets tiresome pretty quickly if i have to reboot to disk 1 several times. if i missed the small window to press the boot override key, i have to restart again and wait for that window again. or spam the override key just to make sure.
my ideas for a work-around:
1. create a USB key with a bootloader that will boot a specified disk. ex: if usb is not plugged in, it will boot the primary disk (disk 0). but if usb is plugged in, it will boot secondary disk (disk 1).
2. while inside the OS of DISK 1, set DISK 0 to online - edit bcd info of DISK 0 to add bcd info of DISK 1 and set it as one-time primary boot, set DISK 0 offline again, then reboot and hope that it will boot itself back to DISK 1.
all with a batch file.
3. last resort would be installing a hardware - a hard drive power switch.
any of the two ideas seems possible? can someone point me to the right direction?
Edited by jasonphl, 03 November 2017 - 04:16 AM.