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#1 lurkynot

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Posted 26 December 2006 - 09:39 AM

I am picking up my son's old laptop with a newly installed version of Xp. I would like to know if I can create a second primary partition on the hard drive and copy the newly loaded version of Xp to that new partition. Also how could I use this second partition to overwrite the first partition if he has another problem with a virus or snafu that prompted this last fix. Thanks in advance, Anthony

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Posted 26 December 2006 - 09:52 AM

It's not all that easy - a straight copy won't preserve the structure of the file system, so it won't work when you try to restore it.

The easiest tool for this is probably Acronis True Image - it will create a "Secure Zone" partition with all the drive information. Then, using the boot up disk that it prompts you to make, you can restore the system to it's current state in 20 minutes.

BTW - If you're considering upgrading to Vista, get the Acronis True Image Home Version 10 - as it's the only one that will work with Vista.

The drawback here is the cost - Acronis True Image runs about $50 US.
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Posted 26 December 2006 - 12:03 PM

It's not all that easy - a straight copy won't preserve the structure of the file system, so it won't work when you try to restore it.

The easiest tool for this is probably Acronis True Image - it will create a "Secure Zone" partition with all the drive information. Then, using the boot up disk that it prompts you to make, you can restore the system to it's current state in 20 minutes.

BTW - If you're considering upgrading to Vista, get the Acronis True Image Home Version 10 - as it's the only one that will work with Vista.

The drawback here is the cost - Acronis True Image runs about $50 US.


..and it reduces your available storage by 1/2 (50%), since it needs the same amount of hard drive space to create a mirror image of the primary partition.
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Posted 26 December 2006 - 12:20 PM

Actually, the Secure Zone on my 80 gB laptop hard drive is only 12 gB in size. The reason that I use it is that the Acronis recovery program isn't fully compatible with my Toshiba (so I can't access my USB drives when in Recovery mode).
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Posted 26 December 2006 - 12:29 PM

Have you thought about getting a ethernet case to replace the USB? You could use to over a LAN and access it when in safe mode with networking.
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