Help me create a bootable multiOS and utilities hard drive

Discussion in 'Application Software' started by jtadeo, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. jtadeo

    jtadeo MDL Novice

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    Good evening,

    I want to create a bootable hard drive that has multiple operating systems and utilities. I have an old xp install disc (cd-r) that contained a list of options when you booted into it.

    From what I can remember it had Windows XP home, Winxp pro, winxp pro corporate, norton ghost, and partition magic.


    I want to create something similar to this...

    I want Windows 7 ultimate (x64 and x86), Linux Unbuntu, some hard drive utilities, a password recovery utility, etc...


    I'm pretty sure this is possible, but I don't know where to start.

    I also want to be able to update Windows 7 with the latest service pack/patches.. also pre patch it with removewat32.

    Hopefully you guys understand what I'm trying to accomplish... if anyone knows how to do this please help me out.
     
  2. urie

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  3. HALIKUS

    HALIKUS MDL Addicted

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    To get you started, i'd say install XP (if you want it) first, then Windows 7 (it will create the BCD), then add things like a Win7PE wim to the BCD with EasyBCD or BCDedit, and then install Ubuntu that will (i think) install a Grub4Dos loader with all your entries. I do this regularily on a quadrouple boot with XP, Win7 x86, Win7 x64, a Win7PE and Backtrack Linux (Slax).
     
  4. jtadeo

    jtadeo MDL Novice

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    I'm sorry, I didn't make myself clear. I do not want to multi-boot, I want to have an external hard drive with the OS install images so I can reformat multiple computers. I don't like having to dig through dvd/cds for the OS I'm trying to install. I hope that cleared things up.
     
  5. Rosco

    Rosco MDL Addicted

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    Here is a solution I know works.

    Install Windows 7 to an external E-Sata drive - remove all drives from your computer to make sure the boot code is written to the E-Sata drive - besides you don't really want it included in Windows boot manager if it's not connected. Not essential though.

    (Hardware differences can interfere with the use of such an E-Sata disk so I tend to back it up using Acronis and restore using their universal restore which removes hardware dependencies - allegedly.)

    Install Ubuntu through their WUBI capability and it appears as a boot choice from Windows bootmanager menu.

    Add all disk images, utilities in what ever directories you like - I'm not saying install simply have the setups available.

    There are complicated guides to enable install onto an external USB disk but an E-Sata is a no brainer.

    You need some form of OS to install from - why not the flexibility of a Windows 7 environment or a full Ubuntu - the other choice is a WinPE or similar.

    You could also choose another version of Windows or Linux.

    This boots from any available sata port on the new host computer even if no E-Sata port is available - bit of a problem for a laptop though so I only give myself 7.5 out of 10 for this suggestion.

    The same scenario may work for a bootable USB Disk but that is a lot more trouble - but apparently achievable if you search the net. The E-Sata solution is just like a normal install to create the external bootable disk.
     
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