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Dual booting Windows XP

by shane- / November 20, 2006 7:40 AM PST

Ok I am setting up a dual boot system on my comp with two partitions. What I want to do is Lock down the partitions.

So say when I am logged into Windows XP disc C:\ I wont be able to read or write files on the Windows XP disc partition E:\ Both are parititioned as NTFS is this a possibility and if so how would I go about doing it.

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Is the idea to prevent a worm from wiping you out?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 20, 2006 7:42 AM PST

That myth has been dealt many blows. Let's move on.

Look at Partition Magic.


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protection from myself
by shane- / November 20, 2006 7:55 AM PST

The idea is to keep myself from wiping myself out. Setting up the extra partition for anything experimental I want to do. Never used Partition Magic and sorry if this has been posted before I wasnt using the right search terms to apparently find anything.

So I guess this is what I need then.

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Having seen that idea shattered too many times.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 20, 2006 10:07 AM PST
In reply to: protection from myself

Consider something like Acronis and an external drive you can copy an image to that you can restore from.

The partition hiding scheme is too fragile.


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You will have to hide the partition...
by Edward ODaniel / November 20, 2006 9:49 AM PST

and that is what Partition magic can do for you (for around $60).

You can do the same thing by going here:

Then download ptedit32.exe (Gui version) or ptedit.exe. These will do the same thing for you without costing a penny.

use ptedit.exe (or ptedit32.exe) to change the partition type to "17" (hidden NTFS) then back to to "07" (regular NTFS) when you want to see it. (you simply click on the type of partition then the set type button)

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hiding the partition?
by shane- / November 20, 2006 11:02 AM PST

If I hide the partition will I still be able to boot from it?

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