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Creating multiple partions, used drive image and Partiton M

by briggspaul2 / July 9, 2004 4:19 PM PDT

I have a question issue with the procedure I followed below...Any enlightnment would be much apprciated.

I have done the following:-

1) created 2 partitions of 7 gig each one for work use and one for game use.
2) Installed XP on 1st Partition. (Work)
3) Used Drive Image (drive copy) to copy the first partition.
4) Used the image from step 3 to install the XP on the 2nd partition.

So now at this stage I have 2 xp installations one on partition 1 and one on partition 2.

5) Using Bootmagic I can boot select between the 2 Operating systems.


However I have discovered the following issue.

6) So I boot to the 2nd operating system. The User account says WORK I change the name to GAMES and the icon to a different picture.
7) I boot the pc again, and boot the 1st partition guess what... The 1st partion boots, and the user account name has changed to Games, icon is the same as the work icon before...
Cool So What is going on, What does NTFS? Partitions do to change the user account on a total separate partion and op. (same physical drive though)

The only thing I can think of is that because I setup the 1st partition and copied it, somehow xp has done something in NTFS as it is the same licence as the 1st image? like it is pointing to the 1st partition??

What I was expecting was total separate Ops. So that when I changed the user account on the 2nd partition to Games it would not make any changes to the user account on the 1st partition which by the way is hidden as I used Partition Magic to create these two primary bootable partitions.

I have now installed the 2nd partition from scratch with a totally sep install, this now is working without affecting the 1st partition...

Can anyone tell me why this has occured? is it because im using ntfs and it is referencing the 1st partition in some way as this is the same physical drive?

Any light on the subject will be very much appriciated, as if there is a way around this it will make my life easier when I create other partitions for other stuff like testing and apps.

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Re: Creating multiple partions, used drive image and Partito

It should have worked as per your wish. Probable was a mistake while booting one instance or another. However, I have to warn you if the boot manager will be damaged you'll have to deal with unbootable on both instancies.

Good Luck,


Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,

T. S. Eliot

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I would have gone "native."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 10, 2004 3:06 AM PDT

Windows XP won't complain with parallel or multiple installs on the same machine. I would find your method too hard to maintain in the long run.

I would have made 2 partitions with the tool that XP gives on boot, installed XP to one then the other partition and then I would have a native dual-boot system. Each version could stay out of the other's hair.

But that's my method.


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