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Windows 7: Install image on different partition

30 Jun 2010   #11
theog

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fritzman View Post
Given that the O/S used mainly would be the 64-bit version, I am guessing from what you've said... it would be better on the C partition, and the 32-bit on the D?
Yes, it would best.


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30 Jun 2010   #12
fritzman

Win7 Ult 64-bit
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fritzman View Post
Given that the O/S used mainly would be the 64-bit version, I am guessing from what you've said... it would be better on the C partition, and the 32-bit on the D?
Yes, it would best.
Thanks... and would a simple 'copy & paste' approach suffice, for getting the 32-bit install of C-drive, onto D-drive, once I've used the 64-bit recovery DVD to set up that on the C-drive, or should I actually clone the drive and restore that cloned image to the D-drive (then install and run Easy BCD)?
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30 Jun 2010   #13
theog

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I think I have the same/similar issue, with a twist... I have an HP Laptop that comes with a Recovery DVD set for Win7 Pro 32-bit & another set for 64-bit. I would like to be able to do a restore of one, take a copy, then do a restore of the other... shrink it, and then dump the image onto the 2nd partition, and ensure that I am able to boot to the one I want (I am guessing Easy BCD will sort them out)

Actually, thinking about it some more... I guess there would be nothing stopping me (it's a 500Gb drive) from creating 2 x 150Gb partitions for the two O/S' and the balance for the Data (given how easy it is to relocate it in W7), that way either boot could share the same mail & data.

I have a separate license for Win7 Pro 32-bit, so licensing is covered off okay, but will it really be that easy? Is there a difference between (I use Acronis True Image Home) taking a copy of the C-drive, Vs taking a clone of it (not the MBR)?

Hoping this isn't too off the OP topic, but would appreciate the advice / confirmation.
Your best bet would to follow this tutorial: ( use Windows 7 x86 & windows 7 x64 not Vista)
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista
Have read of the tutorial above.
install x64 first.
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30 Jun 2010   #14
hackerman1

W7-Enterprise + WS-2008 (Converted to Workstation)
 
 

hi !

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fritzman View Post
Actually, thinking about it some more... I guess there would be nothing stopping me (it's a 500Gb drive) from creating 2 x 150Gb partitions for the two O/S' and the balance for the Data (given how easy it is to relocate it in W7), that way either boot could share the same mail & data.
i use a common program-partition for both W7 & Windows Server 2008:
active system=C, passive=D, program=E

this post might be helpful: A few tips about performance etc.
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30 Jun 2010   #15
rdwray

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

YOW!!! This is a lot of information, but it does not have anything to do with my original question.
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30 Jun 2010   #16
fritzman

Win7 Ult 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rdwray View Post
If I create an image of partition D, can I install it on E leaving me with 2 installs of the same OS using Win7's recovery tools? I currently have Win7 Pro and Win7 HP installed on 2 different partitions and I want to clone PRO to the HP partition. Thanks...
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YOW!!! This is a lot of information, but it does not have anything to do with my original question.
Yeah... sorry about that, although, I think we are kinda talking about the same thing, just coming at it from different angles.

My suspicion is that I don't think you will be able to use the W7 recovery tool, as iirc... it doesn't allow you to select where to restore the image to, it simply looks for the drive and restores it to that drive. I think you will have to go the route I am having to go, and simply take a 'copy & paste' approach, and then use EasyBCD to provide the means to select which partiton you want to boot from.

I plan on using Acronis True Image Home to take an image of the 32-bit install on C, and then restore that to D after having done a factory reinstall of the 64-bit install to C... install Easy BCD and sort out the booting and then go about changing the settings so all common data is stored on E (as I'll be installing programs within each respective partition).
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30 Jun 2010   #17
rdwray

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

I guess I am a little chicken to give it a try right now, but the image restore is looking at the drive letter and with both (in my case all 3) operating systems booting to C:, I think that it could possibly work. May give it a try after taking a few pain pills.
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30 Jun 2010   #18
fritzman

Win7 Ult 64-bit
 
 

Be brave...

If you have a spare drive... why not take an image of the whole drive before you start. At least that way, you can get back to where you are right now if it all goes south.
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30 Jun 2010   #19
hackerman1

W7-Enterprise + WS-2008 (Converted to Workstation)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fritzman View Post
....then go about changing the settings so all common data is stored on E (as I'll be installing programs within each respective partition).
well, if you take a good look at my post: A few tips about performance etc.

then you will see that you can actually install programs for both O/Ss on the same program-partition, which means that you can have a "clean" system-partition.

that enhances performance as it reduces defragmentation on the system-partition, but it also means that its less GBs if you want a backup of your system.

take a look...
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30 Jun 2010   #20
fritzman

Win7 Ult 64-bit
 
 

I did see that recommendation... does that mean if I need to have MS Office usable in both OS's... I would need to install to two separate folders on E, or would they literally share the same (install) folder (once installed from each OS?
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