dual boot / Partitioning help

Dell / DIMENSION 2400
July 31, 2009 at 14:52:54
Specs: WIn xp pro 64/Vista Business 32 bit, Intel 2.2 GHZ
I was previous told in a post that I CAN put
XP Pro 64 and Vista Business 32 bit in a dual boot environment. I want to do this but I want to know if i can partition the drive into 4's and keep 2 smaller partitions ( 10 GB ) for the OS's and the other two for the data partitions. At work we work in a domain environment and our systems are partitioned in 2 with the bigger drive to hold the documents and settings folders. Is that something i can setup during the OS install? Sorry this post is long, and thank you for any help you may give.

Tony--Florida


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#1
July 31, 2009 at 15:19:22
You need a 64-bit CPU to run a 64-bit OS.

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#2
July 31, 2009 at 15:45:29
"keep 2 smaller partitions ( 10 GB ) for the OS's"

You can do that, but be aware that the amount of data on the OS partition will increase over time. Installing all new programs on one of the other partitions will help with that problem. I also move some of the other system folders (like My Documents, Favorites, email, etc) to another partition.

Keeping the OS partition small makes backing up and restoring the OS a piece of cake.


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#3
July 31, 2009 at 17:17:14
To expand on my previous response: your P4 is a 32-bit CPU...you can NOT run XP 64 or any other 64-bit OS.

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#4
July 31, 2009 at 17:23:49
Like jam says you need a 64bit system. Last I checked Pentium D,s and Pentium 4 are 32bit cpus.

http://www.dell.com/content/topics/...
I am curious as to who said you could?


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#5
July 31, 2009 at 18:07:39
The P4 went to 64-bit with the 600 series (P4 630, for example). The 500 series stayed at 32-bit (P4 530).

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#6
July 31, 2009 at 21:36:08
screwed up i forgot to update my specs I do have a dual core 64 bit AMD cpu/

Tony--Florida


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#7
July 31, 2009 at 21:44:33
Is there anything while doing the install of the OS that gives you the ability to direct the MY Documents folder to a different partition or do i just have to move it Myself after i install it. At my job all of our user data is directed to a different (larger) partition than the OS ?

Tony--Florida


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#8
July 31, 2009 at 23:00:52
Not familiar really with dual boot XP/Vista - other than wot I have read here and on the www... But one thing I can suggest...

Before you start out... backup (as in copy to optical-media) all your data etc... This even if you have it backedup elsewhere on a system archive/backup server? That way if "anything" goeth amiss - who doth know... - you will still have your data safe and to hand later for return to the local drives various...

Sadly there are more than a few instances of seemingly simple/straightforward routines going pear-shaped at some critical moment; and often data is lost as a result... The above suggestion doth at least allow some degree of data security?


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#9
August 1, 2009 at 12:37:15
You have to move the 'My Documents' folder yourself, after the install.
You can use 'Tweakui' to relocate several system folders. Look in the 'My Computer' section. Note that Tweakui doesn't actually do a move . It just changes the OS pointers. Copy the current 'My Documents' folder to the new location and then use Tweakui to relocate it.

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