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Expert help on Multi OS using cloning needed!
KOUROSH - 6-1-2008 at 12:29

windows get corrupted and to make the life a little bit easy to myself i want to have three windows on my pc so when one gets corrupted or infected i use another window and when i have time i format the corrupted window and using cloning method, reinstall a new window in that partition .

i have paragon partitioning in which i can clone one partition on other partition. i would like to knwo from those who have patitioning software and have some experty in this field, to tell me if patitionmy hard drive to four partition,
C: partition (main window which will be used for cloning others)
D: partition (second window xp)
E: partition (third window xp)
F: partition (this partition will be used for storing data only NO prog)

C partition will be the main OS. it is formatted then i will install window xp and all of my prog on this partition and use this one for cloning D and E partition . i end up with three windows OS on my 160 GB drive (theoretically i still do not know and that is why i am putting thread).

is this possible or not?? or to have three windows i have to install window three times and install all prog on each partition.confused2

your help will be much appreciated.


Theravad - 6-1-2008 at 12:54

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Originally posted by KOUROSH

i have paragon partitioning in which i can clone one partition on other partition. i would like to knwo from those who have patitioning software and have some experty in this field, to tell me if patitionmy hard drive to four partition,
C: partition (main window which will be used for cloning others)
D: partition (second window xp)
E: partition (third window xp)
F: partition (this partition will be used for storing data only NO prog)



is this possible or not?? or to have three windows i have to install window three times and install all prog on each partition.confused2


This sounds (sort of) what I do.

I generally have a Windows partition, a linux partition and a data partition. Occasionally I boot into a CD boot image and make an image of the bootable partitions on the data partition (and then backup those images to DVD).

You can clone a partition to another partition and boot form the clone. You have to manage the boot sector on the disk to let it know there are other paritions to boot. As windows is a bit dump about this, I use the GRUB boot loader.

So I thing the answer to your question is:
(1) You can clone partitions to other partitions on the same disk (as long as the target partition is at least as large as the image you are trying to load)
(2) You can boot any of these partitions if you configure your bootloader
(3) remember to backup a partition image otherwise you may need a complete re-install if the disk gets corrupted (I also have a utility that backs up the partition table but that is another story).

T


KOUROSH - 6-1-2008 at 13:08

Theravad many thanks, that is some good news at least but what is bootloader and how do we configure a multil OS. please tell me more!!!!!

i forgot to say that i will not use drive C . i will only use that one for cloning other partition it will be left untouched .assuming virus does not infect it???


Theravad - 6-1-2008 at 16:32

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Originally posted by KOUROSH
Theravad many thanks, that is some good news at least but what is bootloader and how do we configure a multil OS. please tell me more!!!!!

i forgot to say that i will not use drive C . i will only use that one for cloning other partition it will be left untouched .assuming virus does not infect it???


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Booting gives you and overview and also has links to tutorials on multi-os booting with LILO and GRUB bootloaders.

A google should find some people who have tried the same thing as yourself. There are commercial boot managers too from Acronis and such like.

T


KOUROSH - 6-1-2008 at 19:18

Theravad thanks a lot for the wonderful link, having read the wikepedia article i then said to myself the paragon partitioning must have similar prog to GRub within it. i went and had a look at the manual of paragon partitioning ( it says # Safely install and manage multiple operating systems on your PC but i could not find it on the manual so i have emailed them asking them where is it or do i have to install Grub prog in order to be able to have multi OS using their partitioning.

if they say no there is no need and they have tell me where it is within the manual ?? so i make sure i do it is done properly but if they say yes i must install Grub then i have to. i wait till they reply to my email. i am simply trying to make sure i do not end up having to similar prog running at the same time.

many thanks once more for your great help


KOUROSH - 10-1-2008 at 19:20

paragon partitioning have relied to my email regarding boot manager, they are saying that professional edition does have boot manager but personal edition that i have does not have one.

theravad thanks for your help i have to download the GRUB .