What is the method to use to clone a copy of XP installed on the first partition [let's say drive C:] to another partition in such a way that the cloned partition is independently bootable. Preferably, I would like to use Acronis OSS interface for booting as I will also be installing Linux on the same drive. Acronis Support recommends using Microsoft sysprep, but I think that's incorrect. According to Microsoft, sysprep is for cloning a drive to another machine. Also, is it correct that when booted to the cloned partition, that paritition must be assigned the same drive letter as the original [in this case C:] in order to have the internal references be consistent? If so, then this means that when the system is booted to the first partition as C:, the internal references on the cloned partition will be inconsistent with its assigned drive letter [let's say D:]. This would seem to be a problem, but perhaps not because if your booted to the first partition, your not using the second partition and thus it doesn't pose an issue. Is my thinking correct? Any help on this issue would be much appreciated.