I need to multi-boot into 10 different OS partitions. Setup is 2 250GB hard drives with the first being split into 10 23GB partitions. The second consisting of the whole drive. The results I want are to be able to choose one of the 10 partitions to become the C: drive and the 2nd disk to become the D: with all 9 other boot partitions being hidden and unavailable. I read the manual for Partition Magic's Bootmagic, but I can't find any conclusive information that it works that way. It mentions partition hiding, but not much about it. I will probably contact their tech support, but my main question is for suggestions of other boot tools to check into that might fit this need as well.
Just to be clear, lilo can hide the other 9 partitions on the first drive so that they don't show up when I boot? In my case, the boot drive must always be C: because of our software requirements. I'm not too worried about moderate costs if the software is easier for someone to manage.
 .. did a little research on LILO and it seems like it can hide partitions and possibly do just what I'm thinking about. Thanks :-)
hmmm.. possible problem, I can only have 4 primary partitions and Windows has to be installed on a primary partition. Getting around this is going to involve a bit of trickery. Unfortunately we can't use VMs for this due to hardware requirements.
... sigh, I'm finding some answers searching the web, but they're all hacks. I'm really hoping to find a commercial application with support to manage all this. I can probably get this going, but it has to be something that's maintainable by my other coworkers if I were to leave.
I thought I'd follow up on the solution we went with. We purchased 2 workstations (Dual 3.4, 3GB RAM, 2 250GB SATA drives). The first drive contains 16 bootable partitions via bootitNG software. The second drive becomes D: for all of them. Each machine is identical so that you can boot into whichever simulator you need on either machine as well as various other OS environments (Linux, Solaris, other Windows versions) for testing. There is also a boot partition containing VMWare for loading virtual machines. It's all working out rather well so far.
I forgot exactly how to do this but I've used it before with various flavors of Windows.
Install a primary OS on the D:\ drive and then install one of test OSs on the C:\. Boot to the OS on the D:\ drive and copy the installed OS on C:\ to a sub folder on D:\. Repeat for all OSs. To use one of the test OSs you boot into the D:\ drive and copy one to C:\. All this can be done with BAT files and the boot.ini.