Partition XP Installation

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Windows XP Partitions
Ok, I've got what I believe to be a tricky tech question. I've gotten started on a theory I've had, but have been having issues bringing it home, I was hoping you could give me a hand. I'm using a Windows 7 Toshiba Satellite with a broken DVD drive. I want to start over with Windows XP, and have decided that it would be most beneficial if I create a second partition and put the installation CD there. This way if I need it in the future, I will have easy access. Using Partition Wizard I created a second "Primary" partition with about 5GBS of space. I zipped up the XP install cd into a ISO file. Using EasyBCD I was able to add the iso/partition to the MBR/BDR. Everything went smoothly until I ran the ISO and hit the "Starting Windows" faze of the installation. At that point I recieved the Blue Screen of death...however it did not dumb just kinda froze.

This leads me to my ultimate question: 1. Is it possible to create a second partition on my hard drive (or external) that can run a windows installation, so as to re-install/format my primary partition? 2. If this is possible, how might I go about performing said task?

Software/Hardware used:
Windows 7 Toshiba Sattellite

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maybe your start up option u can put to try to boot up using USB devices and see if it can work..

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  • Chippy088
    You are getting the BSOD because of changes to the MBR made to do the new install, once windows transfers control to the install program located on the master partition, it can no longer see the secondary partition where it needs to get further data to complete the installation. You would be able to set the secondary partition as the back-up once the xp installation is done, using back-up from the control panel. (Windows 7 doesn't like backing up on the same physical hard drive as the OS. Logical really, as if the HD fails through a hardware fault the backup is lost.) If the laptop can boot from usb, you could transfer the iso to a thumb stick, (much safer) and boot from that. The web has some good tutorials for making bootable thumb sticks. I used bartpe to make my recovery stick.
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