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Dual Boot XP with Recovery Drive (D:)

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#1 mbot


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Posted 20 January 2009 - 02:41 PM

I have recently downgraded from Vista to XP home edition on my Dell Inspiron 1521 for multiple reasons (mainly the lack of networking ability on Vista). But now I would like to install XP (Home or Pro) on the Recovery drive (D:) and then encrypt that entire drive with Truecrypt.
Is this possible? If so, how do I do it?


(I realize that this drive (D:) would only be 10 GB)

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 20 January 2009 - 03:44 PM

Hi :thumbsup:.

I don't have any experience with recovery drives/partitions...but it's my understanding that eliminating such or otherwise overwriting it may prevent future recovery efforts (using the partition) from succeeding.

Are you sure that you want to install an O/S on that partition?

If so and you lose your ability to use said partition in recovery efforts...do you have a MS install CD as a means of doing future repairs/installs of XP?

As I read your post, you say that you downgraded to XP already...does that mean that you have XP installed currently on your C: partition...and want to install another XP partition on the same hard drive? You want to do a multiboot?

I don't employ encryption at all so I know nothing at all about that. Out of curiosity, I guess that I have to ask what you think you gain by doing so.



Edited by hamluis, 20 January 2009 - 03:44 PM.

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