Dual Boot

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by darryljb, Mar 12, 2007.

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  1. darryljb

    darryljb Registered Member

    Apr 1, 2004
    I am a very, very long-time user of True Image.
    I've been using Windows XP for years. Now, I have partitioned my hard drive in order to dual-boot Windows Vista.
    Normally, Hard Drive 0, is set as C: when using Windows; however, I find that with this new setup, my Hard Drive 0 is now my partitioned F: [XP Professional] and V: [Vista]. This is a Seagate 160 GB PATA drive.
    Additionally, C: is now on a Maxtor 250 GB SATA drive.
    What makes this even more interesting, there is NO BOOT INFORMATION on either F: nor V:
    C: however contains, AUTOEXEC.BAT, Boot.BAK, boot.ini, Boot.ini.saved, bootmgr, BOOTSECT.BAK, CONFIG.SYS, IO.SYS, MSDOS.SYS, NTDETECT.COM, and ntldr. It also contains a subdirectory: Boot containing many files in its root, and many, many subdirectories inside itself. [I've attached a screen print to explain this better.]
    I assume this can be attributed to Vista and the dual booting setup.
    My question is: how do I create a full backup of these two operating systems?
    XP by itself? Vista by itself? XP with C:? Vista with C:? XP and Vista and C:?
    I want to create backups in case of catastrophic failure, but I don't know how this image should be created, i.e. what combination of drives and/or partitions?
    My thanks, as always, to anyone who can shed some light on this.

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  2. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

    Apr 28, 2004
    Hello darryljb,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Disk Backup Software.

    We are sorry for the delayed response.

    Please notice that with such system setup we would recommend you to create an image of all hard drives to be sure you can restore the system into bootable state in case one of them fails.
    Please also see this article regarding multiboot principles Microsoft uses.

    Thank you.
    Marat Setdikov
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