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By bfeltus ·
New to drive imaging and partitioning: Have a dell optiplex gx110,800mhz,128mb memory, 10gb harddrive, & windows 2000 pro.
Would like to create a 2gb partition and copy my installed programs to the new partition. We have Partition magic and driveimage. I need step by step instructions on how to accomplish this. Thanks.

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by tbradley In reply to Drive Image & Partitionin ...

What do you hope to accomplish?

1. Make an image of your hard drive and save it in case it crashes?

2. Set up a second partition, and run a separate set of programs from it.

First, you would have to determine the size of your data on theexisitng hard drive. If you have 4mb of data, you will need at least 4.2mb on the new partition to copy the drive image. ( a little slack for safety ).

Before you begin, uninstall any unwanted programs, clean any temporary files, and disk caches. Do a complete defrag.

Start partition magic, and divide your hard drive into 2 partitions, one 4.8gb and one 4.2gb. Do NOT format this new partition.

The reason for this is your CD rom or zip is probably set up as D and E drive. If you format the new partiton, it will replace one of these, and all your shortcuts will be bad.

After Defrag and partition magic, run driveimage. Follow it's instructions, and create the boot floppy.

Last thing to remember is, make the drive image a hidden drive. That way, the existance of the drive doesn't affect any of your current drives, and drive mappings. If your current partition becomes trashed, booting with the floppy you made will allow you to copy the hidden partition back to the original drive.

The only problem with this whole concept is that if the Fat table, sector Zero, or Master Boot record fail, or the drive itself goes south, you have a backup image that you can't get to. A better bet would be to have a smaller, perhapssalvaged hard drive that does nothing but hold the backup copy.

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by bfeltus In reply to Drive Image & Partitionin ...

Two-fold: Want to make an image of my harddrive just in case it crashes and I want to setup other PCs with this image. Do I have to boot to dos in order to create a partiton with partition magic? Thanks.

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