Dual Boot & System Restore

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  1. seashore

    seashore Registered Member

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    Hello Folks,

    Need some advice:

    In a dual boot system, XP pro (first installed OS and Vista installed second) wipes out Vista's System Restore Points. When I tweak the registry to enable this, the Vista configuration turns corrupt and have to CheckDisk at every reboot after having gone to XP or a after a shut down. There were also some messages of a Corrupted MFT Bitmap. I use the Easy BCD by Neowin to help the booting process.

    1. What happens to System Restore Points in Vista if I use the OS Selector from the Disk Director Suite?

    2. I have a full ATI backup of the Vista installation and would like to use this after formating the partition it is on (to repair the corrupt MFT Bitmap).

    Would that do or do I have to reinstall Vista and all the other applications one by one?

    3. I tried installing DD on a new partition (100 MB) and set it as primary/active for the purpose, but upon booting to this partition I get the message that there is no operating system.

    How can I install DD or atleast the OS Selector on a separate partition?

    I may eventually use the BitLocker Encrytion to solve the Restore Points problem and have an 8 GB Flash drive to save the TPM Key on it and use it also to make more memory available to Vista and CS4 being real hogs .. ("Beggars Banquet"!)

    Thanks..

    seashore :doubt:
     
  2. MudCrab

    MudCrab Imaging Specialist

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    If the Vista partition is hidden when you boot into XP, then XP shouldn't mess with the Restore Points.

    Doing a restore of the Vista partition that was taken prior to the corruption should work okay. There's no need to reformat first as TI will do that as part of the restoration.

    Not quite sure what you were attempting here. Were you trying to get the DD program(s) into a bootable partition?

    There is no option from DD's installer to put DD into its own partition. When you install OSS, you can select which partition you want to use for the OSS files if you do a Custom install.

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    I assume you don't need XP to see or have access to Vista's partition. Have you tried booting into XP and using Disk Management to unassign a drive letter to the Vista partition. I haven't tried that (I have System Restore turned off), but it may stop XP from messing with Vista's Restore Points without needing to make any other system/booting changes.
     
  3. seashore

    seashore Registered Member

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    Hi Mud Crab,

    Many thanks for your response.

    As I started this morning, (opted for Vista) the first thing it wanted was to CheckDisk, but it finished instantaneously without making any repairs, rebooted and continued to show disk corruption prompts. In a few minutes it crashed to a BSOD.

    To begin with I tried your last tip. System Restore points, created manually in Vista continued to get deleted after booting into XP even after “un-assigning” the Vista drive letter in XP under Disk Management ( if “Remove” and leave it without any drive letter was the correct procedure to un-assign it ?).

    I managed to install the OSS on the drive created for the purpose and tried using that as a selector. Then I made XP hidden and Vista active. The system could not boot at all, throwing a message that there was no “ntldr” to be found; and then I realized that Vista had no drive letter and XP was hidden, so I reversed the things and could boot again and use the OSS. No matter which option I used in OSS, it took me to the same screen as before – the Vista boot screen with the option of Vista or XP. So there was no difference only that there was an additional option screen from the OSS to choose between Vista and XP. System Restore Points continued to get deleted.

    Finally I made XP as hidden, Vista as active and then did the Vista partition restore after booting from the ATI CD. The restore went well, but strangely all files and folders were visible from XP as well as from Vista. XP still deleted the Restore Points in Vista.

    At the moment I have deleted the drive letter for Vista, made XP as active and deactivated the OSS. Restore Points in Vista continue to get deleted. However, there have been no corruption prompts nor any crashes after restoring the Vista partition. Perhaps that MFT bitmap corruption got fixed after all.

    Now the main question: how to make Vista hidden from XP?

    seashore :doubt:
     
  4. MudCrab

    MudCrab Imaging Specialist

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    You need to separate Vista's booting files from the XP partition. My guide can help with this.

    Once each OS can boot properly from its own Active partition with the other partition hidden, you should be able to get OSS (or whatever boot manager you want to use) setup with the necessary options.

    Just losing the Restore Points shouldn't have been causing corruption. Hopefully, the restore got that problem fixed.
     
  5. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    That's one of the recommendations in the TeraByte support video for fixing the disappearing restore points.
     
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