How do I back up a Dual Boot System ?

By robertq
Jul 11, 2008
  1. I want to try Vista ( Ultimate ) so I have installed it on a partition next to Win XP PRO SP3.

    Previously I used to use a prgram called XACT copy to make an identical copy of my entire hard disk with OS all the programs & settings & all the data. If something went wrong with primary hard drive, I can switch to the backed up copy in less than 2 minutes & ready to use.

    But now XACT copy does not work with Vista & they have not come up with a Version for Vista.

    Is there a way to do the same thing with a dual boot system ? ( i.e. make an exact copy of the whole hard drive with both OS' & data ? )

    Thank You.
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,330   +622

    Any HD imaging software (Ghost & Acronis True Image) will do nicely.

    Dual Boot systems need to insure that the MBR is also copied :)

    Usually you image the HD when booted from a CD, not a running system.
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