Multiple XP Installs: 4 Questions

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by freightgod, Nov 21, 2003.

  1. freightgod

    freightgod Confused and Bewildered

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    OK, my setup right now:

    C: NTFS primary partion with Windows XP Pro and apps
    D: NTFS partition for data
    H: NTFS primary partition (empty at the moment)

    I plan on doing a second XP install to H: partition this weekend.

    Questions for after I'm done:

    1) When I boot into H: will it the appear as my C: drive?

    2) If I'm running the H: XP install, can I delete or reformat the C: partition without problems? In other words, can I move back to a single install and pick which one I want to keep?

    3) Can I do a third, fourth, etc. install as long as I have space?

    4) Can a second (or 3rd, if allowed) install be done by restoring a Ghost image of my present C: partition to a different (primary) partition and setting it as the active partition?

    Thanks in advance for your responses.
     
  2. yoyo

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    1) No

    2) No, the C: partition holds the boot files boot.ini, ntldr etc

    3) Yes

    4) Not sure, don't think so
     
  3. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    also, you can share your pagefile among the lot of these installs to save space
     
  4. freightgod

    freightgod Confused and Bewildered

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    Darn. It usually takes me ages to tweak a clean install back to where I like it; I was hoping to be able to take my time doing it while living with my present install for a while, then wiping it. Looks like that won't work, though. Bummer.

    I guess I need to find out if I can restore a ghost image of my second XP install to an empty hard drive. But it wouldn't contain boot files, would it? So I guess it wouldn't work. Oh poo.
     
  5. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    ahhh.. Get HyperOS if you want to save time.
    It allows you to create mirror images of an existing set-up so that you can fiddle about with the new one to see if whatever you install if running the way you want it to. In addition, using a separate OS to run non-essential software will allow your OS to run more efficiently (does not slow down as much).
    I've got HyperOS, but I have to say that it's not worth the money if you're not going to use it to its full potential.
     
  6. freightgod

    freightgod Confused and Bewildered

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    Thanks, ming, looks like a great program. But $298.50!!!! Yikes!

    "HyperOs swaps systems without multibooting. It runs all Windows systems and Linux systems from logical partitions. Only your C: drive is primary and bootable."

    So my real problem would remain anyway, which is to eventually get rid of my current C: partition.
     
  7. coathanger007

    coathanger007 Tomorrow Tweaking Today

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    Mate, backup everything and do a clean install. It's not as hard as you think - mind over matter. I've just completed my clean install on a my super tweaked RAID dual booting system.
     
  8. freightgod

    freightgod Confused and Bewildered

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    I know, I know, I've done it DOZENS of times, just ain't got the testes for it right now.
     
  9. coathanger007

    coathanger007 Tomorrow Tweaking Today

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    Deeps breaths, flex mental muscles, then throw yourself into the deep end :D