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    Backing/restoring up a multi-boot system

    If I have a system with XP and 7 on it, I can back up the entire disk, and restore same.

    But, when I tried to just restore the '7' partition, it totally screwed up my [BCD] bootup. I ended up just restoring the whole platter.

    Is there a way to back up or restore just a specific partition and still keep all the multi-boot startup structure?

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    I multi-boot Windows 7/8, but I use Image for Windows for drive imaging/restoring. It allows excellent flexibility in imaging. I've never used any of the built-in Windows backup/imaging apps, not even System Restore - I have it turned off on all drives.
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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    I've used Acronis for years, and had no issues at all. But then, I just started using multi-boot. Do you find with Image for Windows that you can selectively back up or restore the different partitions / OS's and still maintain your multi-boot structure? Or is it something specific thAT I should have done / do to retain the boot structure and integrity?

    I sure don't want a repeat of today's fiasco!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CWBillow View Post
    I've used Acronis for years, and had no issues at all. But then, I just started using multi-boot. Do you find with Image for Windows that you can selectively back up or restore the different partitions / OS's and still maintain your multi-boot structure? Or is it something specific thAT I should have done / do to retain the boot structure and integrity?

    I sure don't want a repeat of today's fiasco!
    Yes, I can selectively image/restore any partition. I've dual booted for years, and I've never had an issue with Image for Windows.

    Where is your BCD Store located? On my desktop, it is located in the RECOVERY partition, and I don't make a new image of that partition unless I make some change in the BCD Store. When I dual booted OS's that used the boot.ini file rather than the BCD store, I just made sure that both boot.ini files (in the root of each OS drive) were the same, and that way my preferred default OS always started first unless I changed during the boot menu.

    With your dual boot of XP/7, your BCD store is handling the boot menu, and when you select XP from the boot menu, the boot.ini file on the root of the XP drive gets involved in the boot process from that point. Ideally, your BCD Store should be on a partition separate from either OS. On my laptop (dual boot 7/8) the BCD Store is in the EFI System partition.

    To sum up, your BCD Store should be on a partition that would not usually be involved in the restore process. That will be the partition marked as active, and the boot process will default to it, so your boot menu/process wouldn't have any real possibility of getting changed during restoration of any other partition image.
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWBillow View Post
    If I have a system with XP and 7 on it, I can back up the entire disk, and restore same.

    But, when I tried to just restore the '7' partition, it totally screwed up my [BCD] bootup. I ended up just restoring the whole platter.

    Is there a way to back up or restore just a specific partition and still keep all the multi-boot startup structure?
    Chuck,
    Hello... Don't know what version of Acronis that you have ...but i Multi boot XP, Vista, 7, Mix of 32 and 64 bit with 2010 V7046 (also have done this with earlier versions) ... You can back up the whole disk or individually, and restore the same ( I get a choice if i have Imaged the whole disk when recovering) ..The problem seems that XP wants to control booting ..you have to make it behave with EasyBCD ...Also i have heard that XP wants (should) be the last partition... Regards Fred

    PS: You never posted back about your previous "Q" problem.....It's helpful if you post the outcome for the benefit of others who might have the same problem..... Sup?
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    My bet was/is the restore issue is related to the Q problem.

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