dual boot / Partitioning help

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January 5, 2009 at 18:19:46
Specs: WIn xp pro/vista business, Amd x2 / 4 GB
Hello, going to dual boot xp pro 64 and Vista business on one drive. Gonna do XP first and will split drive pretty evenly into two partitions. I know that the first drive is going to be primary but when i go to disk management to assign the 2nd partition for the vista install, does that also have to be primary or can it be extended? I have never done a dual boot and am doing it as an experiment and interest i suppose. Any Help would be appreciated. Thank you



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January 6, 2009 at 06:39:28
I used Acronis Disk Director to partition and from memory I'm pretty sure both have to be primary as the drive letter will flip between C & E (assuming you have one DVD drive as D) depending on which OS you boot into. C is Vista when you boot into Vista and C is XP when you boot into XP - hopefully you see what I mean. Therefore both partitions have to be able to support an operating system.

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January 6, 2009 at 15:59:36
Just make the xp the primary and install it. Let vista do what it wants. I'd guess it will make a secondary primary.

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