Two questions reguarding dual boot system

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  1. Son of Crom

    Son of Crom Registered Member

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    I have a HP Pavilion dv6338se that came with Windows Vista already installed

    I setup a dual boot system with Vista on the first partition and XP on the second partition.

    Question 1:
    Can I use Acronis True Image Home 2009 to create an image of both Vista and XP separately so that if I need to recover from a disaster I can restore them separately?

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    I have ~98GB of free space in my Vista partition. My XP parition only has ~3GB of free space left.

    I would like to resize the Vista partition to give the XP parition more available space.

    Question 2:
    Can Acronis Disk Director Suite 10 be used to resize a partition in a dual boot system?

    Thanks in advance!
    Crom
     
  2. MudCrab

    MudCrab Imaging Specialist

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    Are you using Vista's boot manager or a third-party boot manager? Instructions can be different depending on how the system is configured. When moving/resizing partitions in a multi-boot setup, it can get screwed up pretty quickly if not done correctly.

    You can create either an image that contains both partitions or separate images for each. If an image contains more than one partition, you can select which one (or both) to restore.

    Have you tested TI 2009 on your computer to make sure it works properly?

    DD can do this. However, you can also do it with TI. You could create a backup image of the partitions and then restore them to the sizes you want. You could also try using Vista's Disk Management to shrink the Vista partition (it may not go as small as you want, though) and then just restore the XP partition to the size you want.

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    Note that it's strongly recommended to create a backup image of the entire drive prior to making any partitioning changes. If something goes wrong, it's usually much faster to restore and try again.
     
  3. Son of Crom

    Son of Crom Registered Member

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    Hello,

    I used EasyBCD to restore the Vista MBR after installing XP.

    I have not yet tested TI2009. I will try your suggestions.

    Thanks for the info!
    Crom
     
  4. Shankle

    Shankle Registered Member

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    I used Acronis TI and Disk Director in the past. I will NEVER use them again.

    There are 2 free programs that do what you want. I have had excellent results
    with both of them.
    1. Partition Wizard 4.0 home edition
    2. Clonezilla-Live to backup
    I would recommend backing up to an external HD and not CDs or DVDs.
    Lots of good advice to be had where you got your Easybcd.
    Good luck
     
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