In Windows: System Partition: Contain hardware specific files for boot(NTLDR, Boot.ini and ntdetect.com etc) Boot Partition: Operating System files
A partition can be both system and boot but this is not required and there can be two separate partitions one for system and the second for boot.
When a partition is both system and boot, there will be no problem and everything(boot files + OS files) will be in that partition plus Boot sector. Am i Right?
Confusion arrives when there are separate partitions for system and boot.
- Where will be Boot sector when separate partitions? In System partition?
- Will Boot sector always present in System partition?
- Is there any other Boot sector that is associated with each Boot partition?
- Normally in Windows XP the first partition is both System and Boot. In VISTA/W7 normally there is a separate System partition, this partition only contains the boot files(Boot Configuration Data, bootmgr etc) for booting. Is this configuration mandatory for VISTA/W7? Can we also do this for Windows XP?