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    Backing up / Restoring a multi-boot system

    OK, now that I have my system set up with two o/s installs...

    I now I can back up and restore the hole disk, but what if I just want to back up one of the partitions / o/s installs? So that if I have both XP and 7 installed, and I need to backup or restore just 7? What happens to the boot-up process? Do I treat that boot sector [the MBR when using Acronis?] as a separate backup, so that if I wanted to, say, restore just my 7 partition I could surely do that, BUT

    If I needed to re-install '7', if I did it to the same partition, since it is the same o/s that was recorded in the boot process, would that then stay the same, would I restore the MBR after re-installing 7, or what?

    Chuck Billow
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    I don't use Acronis, but do you have System Restore turned off in both OS's? Do so if you haven't already. Whichever OS you are booted into will play havoc with the other OS's restore points.

    As for your other questions unless you have changed something in your boot process, there's no need to worry about restoring an image to the same partition. Your boot files will still recognize it and the boot process will work as it has.
    Create a new drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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    If back up the whole disk with Acronis, on restore you can choose to restore an individual partition instead of the whole disk.

    Jerry

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    OK, thanks guys!

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