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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

07 Oct 2014   #2130
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Yep, that's me.

You could use a HDD benchmarking program like below to see what the HDD is running at.

HD Tune website

OR

CrystalDiskMark - Software - Crystal Dew World


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14 Oct 2014   #2131
dav1129

Windows XP SP3
 
 
Backup and Restored partition fails to start.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Yep, that's me.

You could use a HDD benchmarking program like below to see what the HDD is running at.
Hi Shawn.

Thanks. I looked into all that but in the end returned the SSD for a refund.

I was used to having two disks in each of notebooks, one for the system and the other data. The second in place of its optical drive. So for two notebooks, I always needed 4 disks.

But I need to make savings so while I have two excellent Hitachi drives one 500GB and the other 1TB, and have a 12TB NAS with 3 disks configured as a 6TB RAID5 (the 4th as a hot swap), I decided I could do without the additional disks and also therefore a new SSD. Although less preferable to 2 separate disks, 500GB and 1TB are large enough to partition 2 drives on each, one for the OS and the other, data which for some reasons I don't want to saved to or only to reside on the NAS.

As I presently have XP and Windows 7 installed on the 500GB disk as a dual boot configuration I thought I would used Drive Snapshot which if you don;t know is I think, an excellent program with a really small footprint, to back up each partition, and then restore each OS to a a new partition on the 1TB disk.

In the same machine, booting this 1TB gets to the OS selection but selecting either OS produces an error. XP complains that there is something wrong with NTLDR or it is missing and Windows 7 that there is some device error.

In the case of XP I know NTLDR does exist and I have no idea why Windows 7 can't start. It's a little beyond me - as I suspect the answer is an obvious one, I though you might know?

Do you know what it is about backing up a whole partition (OS), and then restoring it to a new disk, which would prevent either OS from starting?

EDIT: This is from memory so I'll check first but the screen after selecting Windows 7 shows
status: 0xc0000225
info: the boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible
and the screen after selecting Windows 7 shows
/NDLR is missing
status: 0xc0000225

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16 Oct 2014   #2132
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Normally, it would be best to back up and restore the whole disk instead of just a partition to avoid missing to restore any system partitions.

You might see if this below may be able to help repair your boot manager.

MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record
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16 Oct 2014   #2133
dav1129

Windows XP SP3
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Normally, it would be best to back up and restore the whole disk instead of just a partition to avoid missing to restore any system partitions.

You might see if this below may be able to help repair your boot manager.

MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record
yes I have given up on backing up and restoring single partitions and ultimately came to the same conclusion. However as I do this so seldom have no idea which program I should try. I tried Clonezilla but I found the syntax complex and because it recognized the two disks (source and target) in my notebook the wrong around I inadvertently selected the intended target disk as the source disk and the source disk as the target disk I ended up losing my XP partition which presently is the only fully installed partition.

But mysteriously the XP partition I had earlier restored to the larger newer disk so I hope I might be able to restore XP back to the 'last known' working confirguration.

Anyhow what could I try to back up or clone a whole disk? If Clonezilla then I'll have to be careful when selecting source and target disks. Also it seem to have a problem with the disk sizes (one is 500GB and the newer one 1TB).
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16 Oct 2014   #2134
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You might see how Macrium Refelect Free may work for you.

Imaging with free Macrium
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17 Oct 2014   #2135
dav1129

Windows XP SP3
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
You might see how Macrium Refelect Free may work for you.

Imaging with free Macrium
Thanks for the recommendation Shawn. What a program!

Better than all the useless and problematic ones I either looked at or tried.

It not fixed the boot problems which I was having on not only one partition but both but then easily and perfectly copied the whole disk live under Windows. Beautiful.

So I have my solution and for now, sticking to regular disks Thanks again
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17 Oct 2014   #2136
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome. I'm glad it'll work for you for now.
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17 Oct 2014   #2137
dav1129

Windows XP SP3
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
You're welcome. I'm glad it'll work for you for now.
Yeah, all's well that ends well. I am happy to say that as I get into it I wish I had switched to Windows 7 ages ago.

Just a pity that while I have 2 ThinkPads, and was happily going to use either of my two XP keys for the first older T60 Thinkpad, I only have 1 Windows 7 key.
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07 Nov 2014   #2138
Novel8

Win 7 x64
 
 

I have a TV tuner that worked flawlessly when I had XP. I tried to use it in Win 7, but all i get is a message that the hardware cannot be found. I even changed slots and still no luck. My question is this: If i reinstall XP as a dual OS, would that tuner work?
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07 Nov 2014   #2139
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Novel8 View Post
I have a TV tuner that worked flawlessly when I had XP. I tried to use it in Win 7, but all i get is a message that the hardware cannot be found. I even changed slots and still no luck. My question is this: If i reinstall XP as a dual OS, would that tuner work?
Hello Novel,

The TV tuner should work while you were booted into XP, but it still wouldn't work in Windows 7.

If the TV tuner has drivers available for Windows 7 that you could install, then it may be able to work properly in Windows 7.

What is the brand and model of the TV tuner? We may be able to help find W7 drivers for it if any are available.
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