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Create 2 bootable partitions running windows 7 on the same hard drive

By multiboot ·
I have a Sony laptop with a single hard drive. I want to create 2 partitions on the hard drive both running windows 7. One partition will be used for general work. This is where the majority of the software will be loaded. The second partition will be used for a very specific purpose with minimal software installed and maximum speed.

How do I create this environment and be able to boot off either partition?

Can anyone assist me with this challenge?

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Repost as 'Q&A'

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Create 2 bootable partiti ...

Try reposting this in the 'Q&A' forum. The 'Discussion' forum is for matters of general discussion, not specific problems in search of a solution. The 'Water Cooler' is for non-technical discussions. You can submit a question to 'Q&A' here:


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All that is required here s to shrink the HDD with some form of Partition Management Software and then with the Sony provided Recovery Disc install 7 to the unused space on the HDD. This will give you a Dual Boot Option when you first start the system and allow you to chose which OS you want to boot into.

or depending on what you want to do here you could run a Installation of 7 in Virtual Mode with either M$ Virtual Machine if your version of 7 supports Vitalization it needs to be Professional or better or you may be able to use VM Ware on the system.

You really need to tell us what you want to achieve here, exactly what you have and we can then suggest which is the better option.

Just repost with the added information as a Question and someone here will attempt to help you out.


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I have reposted in Q&A

by multiboot In reply to Repost as 'Q&A'

Thanks for the advice. I didn't realize that the Q&A was the appropriate place for my question. I have reposted the question in the Q&A Section http://www.techrepublic.com/forum/questions/101-364720.

Thanks for your help.

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