No one can support such. You are very much on your own.
If I were to do this I could get by with installing the first 2 windows and the stock partitioning tools would work just fine. I decline to write about Windows, drivers and what happens when we move a Windows install from partition to partition or the dangers of resizing partitions. I'd just create the partitions the right size the first time.
As to Linux, we can install those later and the current distros install grub and we can do many boots to each OS. I decline from writing how this works but it works fine here.
That leaves us with backups. Since the tape unit was not listed I'll note I still prefer DLTs.
I was looking many replies, but could not find any about this topic!
I'm facing the following problem: I would like to have my Disk space (750GB) subdivided to accomplish the following:
1 - Boot Windows XP Prof SP2 x86
2 - Boot Windows XP Prof SP2 x64
3 - Store my Data Folders and Files separately (to do Backups from one place).
4 - Boot to Ubuntu 7.10 and alternatively
5 - Boot to Ubuntu Server
6 - Create System Backups for my Laptop (6.1), old PC (6.2) and for this new PC (6.3).
2. Currently I've installed the x64 OS, but it does not supports my Canon LiDE 500F Scanner, my Logitech QuickCam Zoom and many of the 32bit SW, like MSN Live and others.
1. On an other, networked (old) PC I do have a working x86 OS with tons of programs installed.
a - The above described Disk layout would mean that I would have more than 4 NTFS partitions. However, how I read about it, NTFS with MBR only allows a max of 4 partitions. The first 2 Windows XP's (Partition 1 - x86, Partition 2- x64 - This sequence is btw. another Windows requirement) have to have MBR to be able boot from it. The Windows Disk Management utility tells me that my Unix (Ubuntu) installation occupies another Partition, in matter of fact Partition 4, showed as an Unknown Partition.
This approach leaves me only Partition 3 to accomplish the rest of all the above described tasks. Can that Partition 3 be configured as a GPT? As I understood, GPT allows up to 128 partitions, but can it be mixed? (Partition1 MBR, Partition2 MBR, Partition3 GPT, Partitition4 Unix) Or is there any other solution?
b - Once partitioning is solved, can I copy with XXCLONE my working 32bit system (from my old PC) to Partition 1 (both NTFS) and my x64 system to Partition 2 instead of reinstalling everything?
c - How do I accomplish, that all Windows OS use the same Data, i.e. the Documents and Setting all point to the same, shared Partition used for storing Data only?
I hope someone already went through this ordeal and may provide adequate hints, for which I thank you in advance.