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Windows 7: Backup dual boot loader

29 Jul 2010   #1
water spirit

Windows 7. Vista. XP.
 
 
Backup dual boot loader

I have installed Win 7 and Vista, both 64bit, as a dual boot on the same HDD same as in the tutorial. Win 7 is OEM on the Laptop and installed first and Vista installed second and it is working properly. I have left space at the end of the drive for a linux install I will use one with grub 2. I have triple booted before with one install of Windows and 2 of linux and grub 2 always picks up the other installs OK. Has anyone done what I propose and did it work? But more importantly how can I backup or restore my current boot loader as it is, with both, in case something goes wrong? I have the Toshiba recovery Disc's for Win 7 and the installation disc for Vista and the System Repair Disc from Win 7. But I do not want to reinstall. I know you can modify grub 2 manually but I have not done this before and it looks difficult, any advice please.


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29 Jul 2010   #2
gregrocker

 

Save externally a WIn7 backup image of Win7 and Vista so you can at any time wipe the HD of GRUB (essential) and reimage using the Repair CD and stored image.

As Vista likely holds the System MBR, it will need to be included in the image anyway if you use Win7 built-in imaging app. Otherwise use free Macrium Reflect.
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30 Jul 2010   #3
water spirit

Windows 7. Vista. XP.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Save externally a WIn7 backup image of Win7 and Vista so you can at any time wipe the HD of GRUB (essential) and reimage using the Repair CD and stored image.

As Vista likely holds the System MBR, it will need to be included in the image anyway if you use Win7 built-in imaging app. Otherwise use free Macrium Reflect.
Thank you, I used Win 7 and created a system image and a new system repair disc. I will install Ubuntu 10.04.1 when it is released.
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30 Jul 2010   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello water spirit, welcome to Seven Forums!


There is this from the tutorial at the link below.


How to Use the BCDEDIT Command Line Tool



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IMPORTANT: make a backup of your bcd file first. To do that, type:

bcdedit /export C:\SAVEDBCD

This will create a file c:\savebcd which is your boot entry backup.
If you mess up, you can always undo changes by:

bcdedit /import c:\savedbcd
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31 Jul 2010   #5
water spirit

Windows 7. Vista. XP.
 
 

Thank you for your replies, I followed your advice and done the backups. I installed Linux Mint and the Triple Boot is working.
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01 Aug 2010   #6
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Glad to see you sorted it; thanks for the update.
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