Copy image of hard drive with xp to another computer with windows 7

I need help to copy an image of a hard drive with xp on a computer to a new computer with windows 7.

The new computer's hard drive will have 2 partitions:
Parition1 will have windows 7.
Partition 2 will have windows xp pro.

I have Acronis true imaging software. about a 2005 version.

Thanks for your help!
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I think you might have issues because Windows 7 was installed first. You could try a newer version of Acronis, but beware the master boot record in case it gets damaged.

If you have Windows 7 Pro, get XP Mode free from Microsoft, install it, and then install the applications you need in XP Mode.

.... Thinkpads_User
Fred MarshallPrincipalCommented:
You might ponder what it means to "copy an image of a hard drive" in the context of a new operating system.  Seems contradictory.

You could take a look at Paragon:

It's one thing to move a "computer" from one set of hardware to another.  But another OS??
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Normally not do-able.

Acronis even with universal restore is going to want to put the image onto the drive wiping out the current information on the drive.

Device drivers and HAL incompatibilities will be another sticking point.  Can yew not just put the drive into the new computer and then using your bios boot from the newly installed drive? Is the version of windows xp an OEM version, if so then you cannot do this.  As the OS is tied to the original hardware it is activated on.

If you can get it to boot, and once you resolve the device drivers then you will have to re-activate the machine. You may have to fiddle with the boot.ini as the disk # may have changed. Now that we know that windows xp will run on this machine.

If you were to somehow put the image into a separate partition on the original drive, it must be a primary partition, we are going to have a boot.ini problem as the original boot ini will be looking at drive(0) partition (1)
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Another possibility is to make the XP machine into a Virtual Machine with VMware Standalone Converter. Once done, use it as a guest machine in Windows 7. You need VMware Player or Workstation to do that.

... Thinkpads_User
are you trying to set up a dual boot with XP and W7 ?
see option 2 :
its wont work
and even if it will you will have to spend a lot of time for it to work and might end up loosing windows 7 as well
best is to use Laplink software PC Mover software

It will transfer your data and settings from windows xp to window 7 easily

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