Dual boot with xp and linux

Hi everyone. The instructions for time machine say that if you dual boot, you must have Time Machine set up for eachbootable partition. But I dual boot between XP and Linux and there is no Linux version of time machine. My system is set up with two bootable partitions and a third that I use to share data between xp and linux. The two bootable partitions never interact and both interact with the data partition. I was hoping to simply use this for my xp partition. I do not need it for the data partition. Is this going to be possible? I enjoy messing around with the xp partition and would love a replacement for microsoft’s system restore, since it only “restores” about fifty percent of the time, if that. Thanks in advance Sanford

“if you dual boot, you must have Time Machine set up for eachbootable partition” – for each partition that you want to protect using CTM. Since there is no Linux version of CTM, you won’t be using it to create snapshots when you boot into Linux, only when you boot into Windows.

However, you’ll probably run into a different problem. CTM usurps the bootstrap area of the MBR so you can load its boot-time utility (to, say, perform a restore of a snapshot when the OS won’t load which means you cannot get at CTM installed under that OS). Normally you would use the bootstrap program provided by Linux (which can be configured to boot other operating systems, like Windows) or use a multi-boot manager, like GAG (available at sourceforge.net). Multi-boot managers also require the use of the MBR bootstrap area so you can select which OS to load; however, CTM wants the MBR bootstrap area for its boot-time utility. Only one of them will get the MBR bootstrap area to use. If you use a multi-boot manager (from Linux, with GAG, or something else), you won’t have CTM’s boot-time utility, and visa versa.

You could try using Windows’ dual-boot feature. That works by using the MBR bootstrap code to load the boot sector in the Windows partition which loads the boot loader for Windows which can then read the boot.ini file (its different under Vista/7) to then let you select to continue the loading of Windows or to load the boot sector of some other partition for another OS. I’ve never liked dual-booting because it means you have to initially load one OS to then select which OS to load for use. However, it is rare few multi-boot managers that know how to chain together the bootstrap programs by utilizing the unpartitionable first track (which provides a lot more space than the 446 bytes for the MBR’s bootstrap area).

Hi, this user dual boots ctm and linux. https://forums.comodo.com/news-announcements-feedback-ctm/eazfix-installation-versus-ctm-i-need-a-fix-for-this-t52427.0.html;msg374554#msg374554

hope this helps