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Backup & Restoring Windows On Different Partitions

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#1 gentisle


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Posted 17 March 2008 - 09:45 PM

I want to install PC-BSD on my laptop. Version 1.5 amd-x64 disc booted into the install program just fine. Here's my problem.

I originally partitioned the disk like this as reported by Knoppix

/sda1 75 GB primary part. Vista
/sda2 20 GB Ext part. WinXP
/sda5 55 GB Ext part. data

I first installed Win XP on /sda2. Then later added Vista on /sda1. Now I know that Vista has done something to XP, because I planned to install Solaris Express on /sda1, and first used Gparted in Knoppix to delete the partition so Solaris would find one unused partition to install into. Well, after that, I tried to boot XP only to find it wouldn't. What I want to do is change the partition layout to

/sda1 50 GB primary part. PC-BSD
/sda2 25 GB Ext part. WinXP
/sda5 75 GB Ext part. data

This means taking everything off the drive and re-partitioning. My question is: Is it possible to backup everything in such a way that I don't have to reinstall WinXP? If so, how? Use knoppix and tar /sda2? But then how do I restore it to bootability? I am assuming that tar will not put the necessary files in the correct place on the hard drive to make it bootable. I can use dd to backup the mbr, but I think there is more to this than that. Can I dd only /sda2 and then run the WinXP disc repair to restore bootabilty? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


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Posted 18 March 2008 - 09:27 PM

Hello, do you have xp installation media?

Do you have access to the recovery console?

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 11:36 AM

Hi, yes, I have the WinXP Pro disc. I know about the recovery console, but not sure which part I'm supposed to use to fix this type of situation. Thanks,


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