I currently have XP home on 2x40gb HD's, straight drives, no partitions. I have purchased 2x120gb drives to install, which I will partition into 3 roughly equal drives each, giving 6 virtual drives. I will do a vanilla slipstreamed SP1 install of Win XP Home full version. I have a full system backup using a programme called Simple Backup, on 3 DVD's. I know I will have to re-activate XP, but my question is this, After the re-install and re-activation, when I re-install my backup over the top, will it be accepted, or will it cause problems as its a backup of two different drives, and as I have 2 drives at the moment C,D, and the new partions will involve C,D being on the same drive will it accept the new location of drive D?. Hope this is understandable. Opinions please Ladies and Gents
This all really depends on the nature of your back up.
You say that you will do a full vanilla install first so I am assuming that your definition of full backup does not include the os or any system files?
For example if you backed up your drives with Ghost then you could reimage your new drives without problem to exactly the same spec as the old ones.
Infact thinking about it why not slave your first new harddrive off the first original drive and just image them across using ghost, this will allow you to set the destination partition to a suitable size and then once you are in windows you could use disk manager to split the remaining blank space into two further partitions.
Here Goes. Jester2k you are right, thats the question. I have no problems about re-activation, the program Simple Backup copies the entire system, as is, to DVD's in this case 3 of them. There are two methods of restore and I won't bore you with the details but the one I have to use is to install the hard drives, re-install XP, insert the first DVD which will start the restore and set the system back to the date of the last backup, in this case today. If I partition as explained into 6 Virtual drives, will my restore be successful, bearing in mind that at the moment I only have two C & D.