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Installing WinXP to multiple partitions?

OK, pardon my slight illiteracy in this department, but I am possibly wanting to install XP to boot separately on two different partitions. But first, I am also wanting to create C: as a dummy/decoy partition for security reasons(just one more little thing I heard you could do to thwart, if even a small number of, possible attacks). Then I was creating multiple partions as follows(100 GB drive):

D: as a 15GB NTFS drive for general, everyday programs and apps (internet, email, office, etc.)

E: as a 25GB FAT32 partition for audio recording and production software (pro tools le, with plug-ins and other sampler/sequencer software)

F: as a 20GB NTFS partition for media file storage (mp3, jpeg, mpeg, etc.)

G: as a 20GB FAT32 partition for backup Norton Ghost images

H: as a 4GB NTFS partition for downloads, drivers, backup files, blah, blah...

My problem is (in addition to my relative ignorance and inexperience doing such things)that when I go through the XP installation process, I'm given no option to choose drive D: as my system drive. It automatically designates C: as the system drive even thought I install XP on D: and E:. I know this sounds like a big mess, but does anybody remotely follow what I'm trying to do? I'm not even sure what the difference between a system drive and a boot drive is. Thanks for any advice.

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can only have 4 partitions on hdd

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can only have 4 partitions on hdd xp will make c as primary

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Not true

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You can have as many partitions as you have space for. You can only have four primary partitions or three primary and one extended partition, but you can have as many logical partitions as you want inside an extended partition.

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Two thoughts but one I'm not sure of

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Are you wanting to use the same installation CD and use the same product ID code for all installations? I'm not sure XP will allow that even though it's all on the same PC. Someone here may have tried that but I must think you could encounter problems with the EULA. Next, XP wants to do it's own partitioning and formatting. Things can go rough if you try to do this in advance. There are also different types of partitions such as primary and extended. Primary partitions can contain operating systems and boot from them. Extended partitions are part of a primary partition and can be used as logical drives. During the installation process, XP will look for other valid partitions. It will designate drive letters for any that it finds and will start with C: If no partition is found (and this could even be some removable drives), it will claim the C: designation. You will be able to change drive letters for other partitions later but XP will not willingly give up the claim to the boot partition. I believe this is good information but others here may have more to offer.

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Is it necessary to multi-boot?

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So, maybe I'll scrap the decoy C drive idea. It sounded like a smart idea in theory. Oh well.

Is it necessary, or advantageous, to install XP as a separate OS on two different drives if I am using one drive for general computing needs (internet, email, work processing, etc.)and another for audio recording/production? Note: I will be formatting the general partition in NTFS and the recording/production drive in FAT32.

Also, how do you set up separate log-in accounts with limited access to drives, folder, and files? Thanks.

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Separate accounts

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It's as simple as creating the user designating the account as limited. I would offer one suggestion, however. First make the user an administrator if you are going to install any software that user should have access to. After all software is installed, go back and change the account to limited. This sometimes helps eliminate a few problems down the road with denial of access to some applications. Next, how you set up permissions will depend on whether your version of XP is Pro or Home. If you intend to do such, Pro is the best choice. Turning off "simple file sharing" is a big help. You can click on individual drives and find the security options under "properties". You can add or remove users and tailor their access levels from there. You can also set some parent/child inheritance rules but I won't get into that here.

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Partitioning hard drive

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XP's product activation will prevent you from Installing the o/s twice unless you purchase extra licenses.

Your partitioning scheme has merit. But you may be placing yourself in a box. If you fill a partitiion then what do you do?

On my systems Windows and all applications are given 20 to 30 gigs of the drive, the balance of the drive is for data and files. You can create directories (root folder) for each of your proposed partitions.

This is a hold over from my Win98 days when I was learning what not to do. Doesn't take away from backing up the system, I just didn't have to migrate all the data off the drive when Win98 was re-installed

Windows will install to Drive "C" unless you are creating a dual boot system. This is hard-wired into the architecture of computers and cannot be changed.

As a last note...

Create your Primary partition on install. The balance of the drive can be partitioned in windows.

Bill

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