Smart Computing (USA)
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Acronis OS Selector 5.0 Deluxe
Whether you install multiple OSes (operating systems) for compatibility reasons or just curiosity, Acronis OS Selector 5.0 Deluxe can give you greater control of your system than Windows XP's or Linux's bootloaders. OS Selector lets you choose which OS to use at bootup, but that's far from all.
Its bootable CD includes Disk Administrator, a simple and flexible partitioning utility. Disk Administrator supports recent developments, such as WinXP and Linux's ReiserFS and Ext3 file systems. Because both OS Selector and Disk Administrator run outside of your OSes, the latter implements partition changes very, very quickly.
We tried OS Selector on an unusual system with an Athlon 1700+, 256MB of DDR SDRAM (double-data-rate synchronous dynamic RAM), and a Nicklock device that switches the master/slave settings between two hard drives. One drive booted to Win98, and the other to WinXP Pro and Mandrake Linux 8.1. This isn't a novice's setup, but OS Selector is more for advanced users.
We installed OS Selector under WinXP, but it detected Win98 on the other drive, as well. OS Selector worked well for us. It let us hide partitions, set passwords, and change the labels and icons of each OS in the boot list.
Unfortunately, OS Selector's uninstall routine left our system unbootable in any OS because it couldn't restore the drives' master boot records as it found them. Setting the top drive as master with the Nicklock, we used a Win98 boot disk to get to a DOS prompt...