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Making the Target Self Bootable 
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Technical Notes 

Adding a Test Entry in Boot Menu

This function is available in the Adding a Test Entry dialog box which is invoked by clicking the Add Test Boot button in the Cool Tools tab of the main window.


    Adding a Test Entry in Boot Menu dialog box


Once you clone the current working system volume (typically, C:) into a backup volume, you should be able to use the new volume to boot your computer into a Windows environment.  You may do so without removing the current system volume from the computer, or even swapping the disks. 

  • One of the few methods to boot Windows using the cloned volume is to use the existing boot mechanism of the current system volume (the Source volume) and add an entry in the boot menu that allows you to select the Target volume for testing.  We suggest the use of this method for its simplicity.

    If you do not see a boot menu in the boot process, it is simply because the BOOT.INI file that determines the boot behavior (including the appearance of the boot menu) has only one entry that selects the current system volume.

  • A knowledgeable user may use a text editor (e.g., NotePad) and manually change the contents of the BOOT.INI file in the current system volume, this (Add Test Boot) feature helps you do just that automatically.
  • The line that corresponds to a boot menu entry has two parts;
      1. Invisible part
        It specifies the disk number, the partition number and the name of the Windows system directory.
      2. Visible part
        The text appears in boot menu (for human consumption).

    The text box labeled "Appearance in the Boot Menu" in the dialog box provides a suggested text for the visible part in the line that you may change to fit your taste.

  • When you click the OK button, the BOOT.INI file will be modified with the additional entry that will appear in the the boot menu in the next boot process.
  • After the BOOT.INI file is changed, you will find the new entry you added through this dialog box displayed in the boot menu.  Selecting the Target volume in the boot menu will instruct the boot procedure to use the specified volume.
  • If you have a problem in booting into the newly cloned volume, you should consult the Troubleshooting section.

    Microsoft's documents for reference: