Create XP image, format & partition that hard drive and copy image back to same drive

Requesting reasonable step-by step instructions to:

Create an Win XP image, then format & partition that hard drive and copy the image back to the same drive. (I plan on installing Win 7 on the second partition for a dual boot sysrtem).

I installed Win XP and several programs and data, then realized I couldn't partition the hard drive after Win XP is installed like Win 7.

I have Laplink DiskImage software.

Thanks in advance!
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Do yourself a favor and buy a copy of Boot-It BM [ ]

You can try this without buying it if you want to see just how nicely it will work for managing multi-boot environment you want.

Do the following ...

(1)  Download it and create a bootable CD using the included MakeDisk utility.

(2)  Boot to the CD; select CANCEL at the first prompt;  then OK.  Go to Partition Work and highlight your current OS partition (from your description this is likely the only partition on the disk).    Click on ReSize and make the partition smaller (whatever size you want your XP partition to be).    Wait for it to finish.

(3)  Reboot to the CD -- this time click OK on the first prompt (you want it to install it now); let it install to its own partition and you DO want to enable support for more than 4 primary partitions (this enables the very useful EMBR structure).

(4)  Now remove the CD and boot ... you'll get a boot menu with just one entry (XP) ... and can boot to XP by simply selecting that.    You can now add as many other OS's as you want and they're just as easy to select.

(5)  If you decide to try this, let me know when you've done the above and I'll "walk you through" the installation of Windows 7.

I can't imagine setting up a multi-boot system without using Boot-It.   I don't have a current picture of my boot menu since I upgraded from Boot-It NG to Boot-It BM, but here's a picture of what it used to look like (Boot-It BM is very similar):

Boot-It Menu

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dave_skyAuthor Commented:
Awesome set of instructions! Thank you!!
Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
You're welcome.

If you need any help installing Windows 7 in a different partition, just ask.

.... but there's a video tutorial on Boot-It's site; and the process (while perhaps a bit "geeky") is fairly simple:
dave_skyAuthor Commented:
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