All I want is another partition so I can install XP and use Wavelab 3 (WL 3 crashes inside Win 7)
It seems Win 7 has decent rudimentary partitioning functionality on its own… do I really need to buy an app for this? If so, what do you recommend. (Once upon a time I used Partition Magic, which was quite good)
And there we have it. I have pro and it has a list of 12 or so options for OS, and a half a dozen others for every choice of OS. Sorry, I was just trying to save you the hassle of creating a dual boot system just for one program.
Twilightsong, back to your original question, Windows comes with its own partition manager, just search on Disk Management. I just used it to first shrink the main partition, and then turn the rest of the space into another partition.
The Win 7 partition manager is actually very decent. You should be able to create a partition, install XP on it, and when you boot you should be able to choose which to boot into. (I haven’t explored bootable partitions in Win 7 as of yet, so I can’t say for sure there is one on startup, I’ve always gone into the bios on reboot and just chosen the drive as the default bootable partition). The only problem with that, is you will have to move the wave files to the XP partition first, because XP will not understand WIN 7 drives.
I’m glad you brought this up, since it’s a pivotal issue in my case. All my audio files are on drives separate from my OS drive, and don’t have any OS on them, and are in the FAT32 format. Are you saying that an XP partition won’t be able to see them? Why not?
That wouldn’t be a problem then. The only partition that WIn XP won’t see is the one with actual Win 7 OS on it. If you have a separate drive that houses the audio files, then you should be good to go.