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Windows 7: Two questions on partitioning

09 Jul 2011   #1

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Two questions on partitioning

As you may know from my other thread I am looking at reformatting my PC, just discussing this here as it is really a different subject..anyway.

1) I would kind of like to be able to make a partition where the operating system installs, and all data possible goes on another partition.

e.g. Windows goes on C drive, program files, user data, program data, etc goes on D drive.

However I can see this would cause difficulties such as the fact windows by default will install programs to the same drive as itself, appdata goes on the same drive as windows, etc. Is there an easy way to tell windows that all data should be saved to an equivalent part on another drive, e.g. instead of C:\Program files it would by default install to D:\Program files.

2) I am interested in dual booting another operating system, however I only have one drive. I hear dual booting on partitions on the same drive cause problems as errors occur and the operating systems become fragmented among each other. I have two friends who have dual booted on a single partitioned hard drives and they get progressively worse problems over time, however this may not be related. What do you guys know about dual booting on partitions?

Thanks heaps

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09 Jul 2011   #2

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Best to dual boot with two HD's.

A bit of good reading about dual booting.

First check for all the Win XP drivers for your hardware on the manufacturer's web site.
If your Win XP CD, does not support your Sata Controller, you will need to load drivers to uses at F6.
Load Sata Controller drivers with a floppy disk is the best way.
SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot
SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

System Restore Points - Stop XP Dual Boot Delete - Vista Forums

Windows XP Mode - Install and Setup
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