How do I run a dual boot/dual OS on Dell XPS M1330? (on it's own partition)

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  1. TuxDude

    TuxDude Notebook Deity

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    You can install on the Recovery partition after formatting it I guess...
     
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    mlkok98 Notebook Guru

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    I have my m1330 dual booting Vista and XP.
    There is no way to save the recovery partition if you do a clean install because the Media Direct 3.3 will wipe out everything.
    Get the Gnome Partition Editor from sourceforge.net to do the partitioning.
    Here are the steps to do a reinstall:
    1. Run the Media Direct 3.3. Choose option 2 to not use the entire partition. Choosing option 1 will mess up the install.
    2. Install Vista and the Media Direct.
    3. Install XP on the remaining partition. Make sure you slipstream the SATA drivers into the Win XP install CD (I used nLiteOS to do it). Install the Media Direct.
    4. You can now use the GPartEditor to resize the XP Partition and also create additional partitions.

    My 160GB hard drive has these following partitions:
    1. Diagnostics
    2. Media Direct
    3. Vista
    4. XP
    5. Data

    The XP and Data partitions are the extended partitions. These steps are to bypass the limitation of having only 4 primary partitions.

    Hope this helps.
     
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