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Windows 7: Multi independant boot's

12 May 2009   #11

Vista sp1

Hi Snifferpro,

Good idea, i keep it. I think this key is different from each computer's Brands.

My Acer gives me an F12 key for chosing.

Have you got 2 os on the same hdd snifferpro, if yes, with your method, are you able to chose the os you want on this same hdd ? ( Different partition ).


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12 May 2009   #12

Win7 build 7100, Win Bus 64bit, Mac OS X

I have 3 Hard drives:

1. Win Vista Business 64 bit
2. Win 7 RC1 64 bit
3. Mac OS X 10.5.6

I did this for testing purposes but will eventually try to put all three
operating systems on 1 drive with 3 partitions.
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15 May 2009   #13

Vista sp1

Hi sniffer,

i've read on a french web site (jc bellamy), that the F key, will be available between the bios and the fisrt boot on the Hdd.

So, the difficulty is to know how the builders insert this famous F key on the starting block.

Do you use acronis software? I've it but not a great user of it. Cause there is a question. I made only simple backup's since a month. (I was fed up to reinstall everything after each install test to find how to put this F key )

Do you think, (that after release a hidden partition with a backup os), that is posible to include this F key?

If you have it and how to use it very well, it'll be a pleasure to test it.

You Hdd are better organise than mine, cause 2 of them are for backups
hdd 0 => eisa \ vista\ data \ backups \\
hdd 1 => pictures \
hdd 2 => vista again \ Acronis backups \ nothing or tests \ seven (logical partition \
hdd 3 => 39 mo \ data \

I think is we have an eisa partition on each beginning, it would be a piece of solution.

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15 May 2009   #14

Win7 build 7100, Win Bus 64bit, Mac OS X

I'm not sure I understand your question.

I use Acronis once a week to make a full backup of my hard drives for each
operating system. I use 1 drive (500gb) for all my backups. If a drive fails or the
operating system fails, I can quickly restore to a new hard drive and be back running in about 20 minutes. I use Acronis V11 right now with the Safe Media addon to
recognize my SATA drives. Going to go to Acronis 2009 shortly. The install DVD for that is also a bootable recovery CD.

As for the F key, it is a function of the Bios supplied with the motherboard.
If your drive is set up for multiboot, then using the F key to select boot drive
should still allow you to select Op Sys from booted drive
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15 May 2009   #15

Vista sp1

Hi sniffer,

thanks a lot for you answer.
With acronis have you already use the backup on a hidden part. If yes, have you an option to build an F key, ( for booting you computer if this one have a crash ).

"' My acer computer have an hidden partition with the F10 in case of crash ( i've install on this recovery, (on an other computer), an Op SysT and when i want to boot on it i hit the F10 and i go directly on this OP Syst. "'

The hidden recovery partition from Acer an all the recovery's partitions from all builder's have this particulary to boot with an F key, why not whit acronis.

iF i'm right, after having this recovery partition, we'll a partition whit an F key.

Thanks for your knowledge with Acronis, i'm a newbie with.

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15 May 2009   #16

Win7 build 7100, Win Bus 64bit, Mac OS X

I've never used Acronis with a hidden partition but I think that when you do a full
backup you should get a choice of what drives to backup. If the hidden partition is
on the drive you are backing up I think it will copy it but I'm not sure. What I would
do is do a full backup of the drive that has a hidden partition and then using a new
empty drive, I would boot the recovery CD and do a restore to the new drive making
sure to check MBR. After restore is done, reboot your system and see if you can
use your F key.

Make sure you use an empty drive and make it the only drive in the system.

You could also use the Acronis forums and ask the question there.

If you use the Acronis forum, post their response here.
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15 May 2009   #17

Vista sp1


i keep this topic open, give a feedback when acronis gives me an answer.
It'll be a fench forum, if you speak french, i could post the link.

I'll try your tip too.

thanks for all conversations.

Give an answer asap acronis gives me one

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