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    I have a hard drive which is partitioned with XP on the C: drive and the D: drive for data.

    I have increased the size of the c: drive in preparation for installing WIN 7 and intend to have the PC as a Dual Boot with XP and WIN 7.
    To enable this I will , of course, have to subdivide the C: drive into two Partitions .
    I presume these Partitions will now be given the letters C,D & E with C containing XP and D containing WIN 7 , the data drive now being named E.

    Is this a correct assumption ?

    There are other partitions on this H/D . currently labelled , E,F, G and H. I presume they will all be moved one place to the right after their re-partitioning.
    In order to avoid problems accessing all these partitions I would like to name the subdivision of the C: by something other than D , say Z.

    Is that possible without causing problems when I decide to boot the PC into WIN 7 instead of XP ?

    If it is , how do I arrange it , please ?

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    Re: Re-partitioning to accomodate Dual Boot - Drive letter allocation ?

    Why have XP in a dual boot when you can have XP running in XPMode inside Windows 7.

    Why so many partitions?

    Do NOT presume anything. I have seen Windows 7 install onto the C Partition but when you boot to XP it also says it is the C Partition.
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    • #3
      Re: Re-partitioning to accomodate Dual Boot - Drive letter allocation ?

      Originally posted by biggles77 View Post
      Why have XP in a dual boot when you can have XP running in XPMode inside Windows 7.
      Will this be possible with WIN 7 HOME PREMIUM Version ?

      Why so many partitions?
      A good question ! I suppose I've gone a bit OTP with the partitions. Perhaps I'll get rid of some . I just like to keep things separate . I suppose , when I first created them , I was thinking of keeping the size of any Image Files as small as possible to save time when imaging the various partitions.

      Do NOT presume anything. I have seen Windows 7 install onto the C Partition but when you boot to XP it also says it is the C Partition
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      Are you saying here that I should just install WIN 7 straight into the C: drive without dividing this into two partitions even although XP is presently living there ?

      This will be the first time I've attempted a dual-boot setup - I had assumed ( in spite of your advice about assumptions ) ! - that a separate partition had to be created for each OS .

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      • #4
        Re: Re-partitioning to accomodate Dual Boot - Drive letter allocation ?

        No, he is suggesting a fresh install of Win7 and then run XP as a virtual machine inside it ( for "XP Mode" for more info)
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