I have a sony vaio vgn-a270. As a musician using the computer live, I need to dual boot, so my music partition never goes on the web.
The sony ships with this restrictive install disk, which basically can only wipe the C: drive and install XP to it. I currently have the OS working perfectly and running all the programs I need. It's never been on the web.
Here's what I'm wondering:
Could I clone the existing OS partition byte-for-byte, and use an MBR-based boot loader like GRUB or GAG to choose the OS? I'm thinking that, unlike a windows dual-boot, both OS's would think they are on the C: drive, each would have its own boot.ini file, etc, and only the boot-loader would know the difference.
Is there a prayer of this working?? I have already cleared space on the drive for another OS partition. In fact, I installed an old version of XP to that drive today, but I'd much rather clone my original install. I'm not sure I'll even be able to find all the SONY drivers and utilites to make the new install work....
Thanks in advance for any clues!