and Booting Windows from an Extended Partition
by Dan Goodell
Putting Everything in Its Place
We left DOS in a primary partition at the front of the disk and we have
DriveImage backups of Win98, Win2000, and WinXP on one of the logical
partitions. It's time to restore the backups to where we want them.
Use PartitionMagic to remove the hidden placeholder
partition we had in the middle, then reallocate and resize the hard
drive space to our desired final sizes. The example shown here makes
liberal use of PartitionMagic's abilities to delete, create, and resize both
primary and logical partitions--even stretching the extended partition.
The file system formats of the new partitions are unimportant, so choose
any format and concentrate just on the partition sizes.
DriveImage will actually have to destroy each partition later in order
to restore one of the images in its place, so we're only creating the
partitions now to serve as interim placeholders to fix the partition
sizes we eventually want to end up with.
Next use DriveImage to restore the images to their final destinations.
Delete each interim placeholder partition one at a time, replacing each
with one of the OS images. DriveImage will notice that the originals were
of a primary partition and not necessarily the same size as the target
space, but let DriveImage convert primary to extended-logical or expand
to fill the target space, as necessary.
Note the file system formats are restored with the images--that's why
it didn't matter what file system we chose for the interim placeholders.
Once all the interim partitions have been replaced with restored images,
we're ready for the boot manager. Since the boot manager will control
which partitions are hidden, it doesn't really matter at this point
whether we adjust hidden/visible status with PartitionMagic.
Although we can proceed to installing the boot manager now, we may need
to make a few tweaks to some of the OS's to make sure they'll boot