Dual XP Boot on separate hard drives

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  1. trescat

    trescat Registered Member

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    I have Windows XP installed on a Dell Dimension machine on an 80gb HD , I have made a HD image with Acronis TI8 onto an external HD. What I want to do now is install a second HD on the Dell machine, a 160gb hd, and then copy the image of the fist hard drive onto the second. In the end I want to have two separate bootable instalations of XP one on each hard drive. I have also recently purchased Acronis Disk Director Suite 10.0, So is this procedure able to be done using this Acronis software ?? if so are there any reccomendations on how to go about it, All help is appreciated.Thankyou.

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  2. Rick_G

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    The best way to do this is using Acronis True Image to clone the OS from one drive to the other. I assume that TI 8 has the ability to clone a drive.

    You can also do this "manually" by reinstalling to the second drive. Here is a description of how someone did it that way.
     
  3. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

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    Hello Trevor,

    Thank you for your interest in Acronis Partition and Disk Managing Software.

    Please be aware that keeping two identical hard drives connected to one PC might cause different boot or drive letter assignment problems. Please also note that these problems are not related to Acronis software but to some Windows peculiarities.

    I would recommend you to do the following in order to accomplish your goal:

    - Prepare your Windows for transferring using Microsoft System Preparation Tool (sysprep) as it is described in this FAQ article;
    - Create an image of the prepared operating system;
    - Restore this image to the second hard drive.
    - Make the appropriate changes to your boot.ini file (take a look at this article describing how to edit the boot.ini file).

    You can also find the detailed instructions on how to install the second operating system in chapter 8 of Acronis Disk Director Suite 10.0 User's Guide.

    If you have any further questions please feel free to ask. I'll certainly try to help you.

    Thank you.
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    Kirill Omelchenko
     
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  4. duke750

    duke750 Registered Member

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    Please, without sending me to some other related thread, exactly how am I supposed to achieve this?

    I have an IDE with 3 XP Pro SP2 primary (bootable) partitions.

    I have used Sysprep to prepare the smallest, and then I used Acronis True Image 9.0 (build 3,567) to create a backup image of the partition (a .tib) file (using the Backup option).

    How am I supposed to restore the image to another disk? That option is not provided when I attempt to restore.

    I am sorry if I am being thick, but I am getting a bit frustrated by the lack of clear documentation.

    My aim is to have a number of separate XP Pro SP2 bootable partitions across 2 disks.

    I have Acronis Disk Director 10 (build 2,089)

    In anticipation of a standard question, I have attached a system report.
     

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  5. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

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    Hello duke750,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Partition and Disk Managing Software.

    Could you please clarify whether this image archive was created from your C: partition or from the entire hard drive?

    Please make a step-by-step screen shots of the actions which you took during the restoration process.

    Please create an account, then log in and submit a request for technical support. Attach all the collected screen shots and report files to your request along with the step-by-step description of the actions taken before the problem appears and the link to this thread. We will check the correctness of your actions and try to provide you with the solution.

    Thank you.
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