How to copy a bootable partition?

Discussion in 'Acronis Disk Director Suite' started by billl, May 9, 2007.

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  1. billl

    billl Registered Member

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    I have Disk Director (and TI too). My C partition is on a hard drive that is about 25% allocated. I would like to copy my C partition to new partition in the unallocated area on the same hard drive and use OS Selector to choose between the two during boot. Ideally the other partition will be hidden.

    Any idea how to do this?

    Thanks in advance for any help.

    -Bill
     
  2. MudCrab

    MudCrab Imaging Specialist

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    What version and build DD are you using?

    What is the OS you're duplicating?

    I ususally use TI to make a backup image of the partition and then restore it to the new place. I suppose you could also use DD to copy the partition. If you don't have any unallocated space on the drive you'll need to resize the C partition down to about half the drive (or whatever you want). Then restore (or copy) the partition to the new space. I would do this from the rescue cd and not Windows. After the restore/copy is completed, edit the boot.ini file (for XP) on the new partition to point to the correct partition number and save the file (you can use DD to do this).

    OSS can be installed when you only have one OS and may work better that way. It should automatically detect the second OS after it's finished. If it doesn't you can run the OS Detection Wizard. If you install OSS after both OS's are on the drive you may run into the "cross-link" bug (this can be fixed easily if you do).

    When both OS's are on the drive, and you boot up to OSS, setup the options for each OS (hide the other partition, etc.).

    I would also suggest reading through some of the posts on this forum as many of them deal the this subject as well as the common problems of using OSS as the boot manager.
     
  3. billl

    billl Registered Member

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    Thanks, MudCrab.
     
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