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« on: January 29, 2005, 02:27:46 AM »

Hi,

I have a Sony Vaio Laptop model: PGC-K315B, 40GB harddrive, Celron 2.8 processer.

I am just wondering how to go about installing a second operating system without losing windows XP which is was pre-installed. My Harddrive is already partioned into Two drives. Is it possible to do this without losing any data?

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Russ

Operating System Version: Windows XP Home Ed.


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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2005, 02:00:16 PM »

It ought to be possible yes. Though it really depends on the file system that your harddrive is operating on.
Do you know if it's NTFS or FAT32???

Another question awakens, which is: Why do you want to install a new OS on your laptop?
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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2005, 02:12:24 PM »

The Drive is NTFS. I want to test out Windows NT as I am in the process of creating a new home network system.

How do I go about installing the second OS?

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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2005, 02:24:41 PM »

I fail to see what you gain by installing WinNT on the laptop then. You'd be much better off with WinXP Pro, which has all the networking capabilities of NT and all the ease of use of XP Home. Installing that over your current installation would probably be a better bet.

If you still want to install NT, then all you need to do is to whack in your WinNT CD and tell it to install the OS on your second partition, without formatting it. Be warned though that NT is a really difficult beast to master and you'll need quite a few service packs before it's working properly.
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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2005, 05:08:28 PM »

Ok, I may go for XP pro then. Thanks for the tip. However, if i do decide to test windows NT.....does the partition have to be completely clean and will I require some sort of program like bootmagic when starting up my laptop so that my laptop knows which OS to boot up with upon startup or is that not neccessary? Also ive heard that you can only run a windows OS from a primary partition not a secondary partition?

once again.thanks for your help.
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« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2005, 07:33:18 PM »

I have to admit that I'm not that well versed in NT myself, so others may be better suited to advise you on the matter.
So if Jee wouldn't mind having a look and giving you his expert opinion Wink
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