How to copy a secondary partition to the C: partition?
What I am trying to do and need advice with is:
With one large internal Hdd:in my laptop:
Set up my C: drive / partition, XP Pro, and all my software on this partition, without regard to effectiveness / “optimal-ness” of the setup, just to get this computer up and running quickly; then
Set up a second partition with an optimal install of XP and all my applications (and create an image of it); then
Replace the sloppy, initial C: partition installation with the with optimized XP & applications image residing in the second partition.
I was going to make an image of the sloppy initial C: partition (just in case I needed it later), then move the optimized partition to the C: partition, to take advantage of it’s faster location on the outer tracks of the hdd.
I was thinking I’d do this overall process by creating a dual-boot of XP.
So: I need advice -
Am I going about this properly?
How do I copy and overlay the second partition (which has the clean install of XP & my applications), on top of the C: partition, while the computer is still running? Doesn’t the system crash if I copy over the running version of XP with the optimized image?
I have used Macrium Free for imaging and was going to use a freeware partition manager. Are these the apps to use? Other recommendations?
Thanks for your help and thoughts in advance.