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what is the best way to back up an image or clone hard drive that has 2 partitions - each has a different operating system.
One partition has windows xp and the other has windows 7.

Would like to use Seagate products if possible...

Thanks!
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I use Macrium Reflect to do all my personal imaging and cloning.  It works very well for Windows.

http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx

If you have any questions about how to use it, just ask!
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I have the Seagate Disk wizard...

I am looking more for the type of hard drive to copy to?

The source hard drive is a Seagate Cheetah 15K.7 600 GB 15000RPM SAS 6 Gb/s 16MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3600057SS.

Do I have to copy each partition individually or can I clone an image of the hard drive that includes both partitions.

The partitions together contain about 300GB of system files & data. Can I copy this to a std 500GB hard drive??

Thanks!
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I'm fairly certain it's goin to clone the entire drive as a whole. What do you mean by std 500gb drive?

I don't know what version of Disc Wizard you have but the manual is here:

http://www.seagate.com/files/www-content/support-content/downloads/discwizard/_shared/docs/dw_ug.en.14382.pdf
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You can copy each partition individually or clone an image that contains both partitions.  It just depends on the software and the configuration that you use.

If you want to copy the contents to a smaller driver, then you will need to look at a partition-based copy tool.  A partition-based copy tool will be able to analyze and shrink the partitions in order to fit them on the smaller drive.
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>What do you mean by std 500gb drive?
I meant a drive that is not a scuzi drive...
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i use the fre Paragon software for this task :
http://www.paragon-software.com/free/                  PARAGON Free image soft
as a bonus, you can use their rescue kit (free) if you have troubles
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/rk-express/            PARAGON Rescue Kit
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I am not sure if Seagate Wizard will preserve your dual boot configuration during cloning. Thus I would give second recommendation for Paragon Backup & Recovery Free. Take backup of your HDD with it and restore it to second drive. This software knows automatically how many operating systems you have.
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The Seagate Disc Wizard uses the Acronis engine for cloning, which is excellent. You'll be able to clone the drive entirely.
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Thanks for your help!
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