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Vista and XP

by gereen / May 7, 2007 6:13 AM PDT


In some months, i'm stating at the IT-class, where I get some programs that doesn't run with Vista (which i'm using), and they recommend everybody to have XP. I know I can dual-boot my system with both Vista and XP, but I have to delete everything on my harddisk to create another patition for XP. Can I get a program that creates another partition without deleting? Or can I mabye install XP on an external harddisk?

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If you have a tower-
by tcantrelln / May 7, 2007 6:25 AM PDT
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Get another Hard drive, install XP clean and alone, then run them separately. I've heard of dual boot's going awry and not being able to boot either OS.

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Can I use this...?
by gereen / May 7, 2007 6:32 AM PDT
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Can I run XP from an external harddisk? I got a newer Lacie external harddisk with about 250 gb space

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(NT) Nope To The External Hard Disk
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 7, 2007 6:50 AM PDT
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Partition Magic
by mark04276 / May 7, 2007 8:44 AM PDT
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Excellent program, easy to use, I never lost a single thing from using it.

Only thing I dont like is, Norton owns it now, they bought it from Powerquest. If they havnt messed with it to much, it should still be a great program. I have version 8 from when Powerquest owned it and it gave me compatibility warnings when I in stalled it but still worked in Vista. I dont know if the Norton version supports vista or not.

Another program is Acronis Disk Director. Nice program, not as user friendly as Partition Magic but not bad. Again not sure about compatible with Vista.

What you can do, is use Acronis True Image and create an image of your hard drive, repartition, format then copy that image back to one of the new partitions. Depending on your experience, I may or may not recommend doing this.

I dont know what your experience in computers are but be careful and make sure you understand about installing XP with Sata hard drives (the F6 install, plenty of post here on that). Also make sure you back-up before trying any of this (probally didnt need to say that but it didnt hurt).

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by gereen / May 7, 2007 10:14 PM PDT
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Okay, thanks for the help Happy

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