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OS Partitioning?

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Hello all. I'm wanting to put my current windows XP Home installation onto its own partition, so I can use programs like Acronis True Image to restore it should anything happen. Over the past couple of years Ive had to reinstall for many reasons, but most obnoxiously of it all I have to run Microsoft Update all over again, reinstall the countless programs ive got on my system, and reorganize it all. So, Im wanting to know if I even can seperate my current, fully updated,everything installed and organized, Windows XP onto its own partition, so if a problem arises, I can erase the partition and use a backup image to restore the copy 100% like it was. Any ideas if its even possible to do? If so, what all files should I isolate off to gurantee its success upon backup?

My apologies, I hardly know anything of partitions.

Thank you,
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Good news and bad news
Yes you can do it HOWEVER
Because all your programs are now loaded and they point to C: drive. The best way is to copy your whole drive - not pratical some times.
You need a program like partion magic. My personal choice would be to
Make your patitions then uninstall all the programs you have disc and product keys for.
Load all your programs to your new Program partition then make your copy of C drive.
Each time you add a new program you will have to make a new copy of C.
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