Two Win XPs Possible?

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  1. egraig

    egraig Registered Member

    Apr 5, 2005
    I would like to set my machine up so that I can choose which of two Win XP drives to from. I plan to re-install Win XP on to a new drive but given the likely length of this process, would like to keep my existing installation in place. I may choose to use the drive clone product but feel a clean install would do more to speed things up than that.

  2. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

    Apr 28, 2004
    Hello egraig,

    Thank you for your interest in Acronis Disk Cloning Software.

    If you wish to use two hard drives we may recommend that you clone your drive to the other one using Acronis True Image. Please do it under Windows and reboot your computer when you are asked to do that. Please do not perfrom any hardware/software changes till the cloning is complete.

    Thank you.
    Ilya Toytman
  3. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

    Jan 28, 2005
    NSW, Australia

    These notes are from the former PowerQuest. For Win2000 substitute WinXP.

    "Solution: How to Partition Your Hard Disk to Install Windows 2000/XP on an Existing Windows 2000/XP System (PartitionMagic 8.0)

    1. In the Partition list, right-click the current Windows 2000/XP partition.

    2. Click "Resize / Move."

    3. In the "Free Space After" field, enter the total size (in megabytes) for the new Windows 2000/XP partition.

    Or, to place the new partition before the existing Windows partition, enter the size in the "Free Space Before" field.

    IMPORTANT! In most cases, Windows 2000 and Windows XP partitions should start below the 8 GB boundary of the hard drive to be bootable. If your system supports INT13 extensions, then Windows 2000 and Windows XP can boot from a partition that begins beyond the 8 GB boundary. Consult your system documentation to determine if your system supports INT13 extensions.

    4. Click "OK."

    5. In the Partition list, right-click the new unallocated space.

    6. Click "Create."

    7. From the "Create As" drop-down list select "Primary Partition."

    8. From the "Partition Type" drop-down list, select "FAT32."

    NOTE: Windows 2000/XP also supports FAT and NTFS partition types. FAT partitions are limited in size to 2 GB.

    9. (Optional) In the "Label" field, enter a descriptive name for the partition.

    10. Verify that the size displayed in the "Size" field is sufficient to install Windows 2000/XP.

    11. Click "OK."

    12. Right-click the new partition, and then select Advanced > Set Active from the quick menu.

    13. Click "OK" to confirm that you want to set the new partition active.

    Set the partition active if you plan on installing Windows now. If you want to install Windows later, wait until that time to set the partition active. The active partition is the partition that the computer attempts to boot to when the machine is started up. Windows always assigns the active partition the drive letter C:.

    14. Click "Apply."

    15. Click "Yes" to apply the changes.

    NOTE: If the partition you are resizing has open files on it, PartitionMagic will prompt you that it must reboot the machine to apply the changes. Click "OK" to allow the machine to reboot. Make sure there are no floppy diskettes or CDs inserted in the machine.

    16. Once the changes have been applied, use the Windows 2000/XP installation floppy diskettes or CD to reboot the machine and start the Windows installation.

    Make sure that the boot sequence in your system's BIOS is set to boot from either floppy diskettes or CD first, and the hard drive second. Some machines may not be able to boot from CD, or the CD may not be bootable. Check your documentation to verify this.

    17. Once Windows 2000/XP is installed, you may install BootMagic so you can choose which operating system to boot when the computer starts up."

    Hope it helps,

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