IFW/IFL, BootItBM and UEFI/GPT?

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by valnar, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. valnar

    valnar Registered Member

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    I'm running a dual boot system with Win7 32-bit and XP, and will eventually be upgrading to Windows 10 in the near future. This may be out of scope for the Terabyte products, but what do I need to do to run Win10 and WinXP on the same system. I use BootIt Bare Metal now and the whole suite of Terabyte products. My system is setup for BIOS and have MBR disks, but the motherboard can support UEFI.

    Can go all "new school" on my Win10 installation and have BiBM boot my XP installation on BIOS/MBR? Or will the act of converting to UEFI destroy my chances of booting XP? My XP install is on a totally separate bootable SSD, while my current Win7 + BiBM is on a different SSD. The Win7 SSD is listed first in the BIOS since it has the BiBM menu.

    How about backing the system up? Any changes to the behavior of IfL in such a scenario?
     
  2. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    valnar,

    My main computer has UEFI firmware but I run it in MBR mode and my SSD has BIBM, WinXP, Win7, Win8, Win10, Ubuntu, various WinPE, DOS and TBOS. My test computer has UEFI firmware and I run it in UEFI mode. It will dual-boot using the Microsoft method but that doesn't give you independent OS. So I have 10 or 15 Entire Drive images of various OS (MBR and UEFI) which can be auto restored with IFL using the bootfile method. Changing an OS only takes two minutes but this isn't classical "multi-booting". To summarize, I'm sticking with running my main computers in MBR mode as for me there are advantages over UEFI. Sure, UEFI can boot an OS from a drive larger than 2 TB but who has a SSD larger than 2 TB? UEFI has Secure Boot but I've never had malware infect my MBR and if it occurs in the future it can be fixed by restoring an image.

    For a computer with a single OS I'd be quite satisfied for the OS to be installed in UEFI mode.

    Have I answered your questions?
     
  3. valnar

    valnar Registered Member

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    Yep, thank you. If I am using BiBM (which I am), stick with MBR because I don't have a boot drive bigger than 2TB, and as you've confirmed for me, that Windows 8+ does not require it. Thanks!
     
  4. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    When I upgrade my main computer to Win10 I'm going to initially have 2 Win10s. I'll do an upgrade from Win8.1 to Win10 and I'll also do a clean install of Win10. The latter will be gradually upgraded to be the main OS.
     
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