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Choosing the BootIt NG Installation Partition Manually

This article explains how to choose the BootIt NG installation partition manually. For general instructions on how to install BootIt NG, please refer to the article Installing BootIt NG.

When installing BootIt NG for the first time, upgrading from an earlier BootIt product, or upgrading an earlier version of BootIt NG, when asked how you want the partition chosen, if you click No and decide not to have Setup choose the partition for you, then you must manually complete this procedure to prepare and choose the partition:

  1. Read the displayed message indicating that you must ensure that an Extended Master Boot Record (EMBR) exists on hard drive 0 (HD0) and on the drive chosen for installation, and then click OK.

  2. In the Work with Partitions dialog box that appears, in the lower-right corner, you’ll see the Setup button which only appears in this dialog box when accessed during installation.

  3. Ensure that HD0 has an EMBR: Click HD0 (if not already selected). If the Create EMBR button is displayed, click it so that Undo EMBR displays in its place. When Undo EMBR displays, an EMBR exists on HD0.

  4. If the partition that you want to create or use is not on HD0, ensure that the desired drive has an EMBR: Click the desired drive to select it. If the Create EMBR button is displayed, click it so that Undo EMBR displays in its place. When Undo EMBR displays, an EMBR exists on the selected hard drive.

    Note: Both HD0 and the drive chosen for installation must have an EMBR.

  5. With the appropriate hard drive selected, click the desired FAT, FAT32, or BootIt EMBRM (Extended Master Boot Record Manager) primary partition for installation. If one doesn’t exist, you can create and format it at this time. Ensure the desired partition is highlighted before continuing with the next step.

    • The installation partition cannot be a volume within an extended partition.

    • If you would like to create the small amount of free space necessary to install BootIt NG on its own partition, please refer to the article Creating Free Space for BootIt NG Installation.

  6. Click Setup to continue. If the Setup button is grayed out and unavailable, then it either means that HD0 does not have an EMBR, the current drive does not have an EMBR, or the partition that you highlighted is not a FAT, FAT32, or BootIt EMBRM type.

  7. When Setup indicates that it has all of the needed information, click OK to begin copying files to your hard drive, and then refer to the Complete the Installation section below.

Complete the Installation

  1. If you installed BootIt NG from a floppy disk, use your operating system’s disk copy feature to create a backup copy of the startup disk, and keep it in a safe place. You will need the startup disk to recover from any problems or situations that may arise in the future. If you ever update your startup disk or use a new one, be sure to update your backup disk as well.

  2. Consider changing the BIOS Boot Order to boot from drive C: first if your BIOS can change the boot sequence to C:/A: (hard drive, floppy). If you have a CD or DVD drive, consider setting up the sequence to be C:/CDROM/A: (hard drive, CD/DVD-ROM, floppy) so that you can use the Next BIOS Device option in BootIt NG.

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