Will Vista's boot loader still work if I move a boot partition?
My test system currently has one hard drive with two boot partitions and
several data partitions. The first boot partition on the drive boots
Beta 2 and the other boots RC1. The current Beta 2 partition is
approximately twice as large one hosting RC1 and the RC1 partition is
located near the end of the drive with relatively little room for expansion.
Now that I have loaded, configured and thoroughly tested my applications
on RC1 x86, I would like to move it's boot partition to the larger
physical location which currently hosts Beta 2.
I have software (Acronis True Image) and a NAS disk drive that will
allow me to image both partitions and reinstall those images on
different physical partitions.
My concern is whether I will fatally confuse the Vista boot loader if I
swap images between the physical locations.
My plan is to copy the image of the RC1 partition onto the partition
location now hosting the Beta 2 and then, once I am sure I can boot RC1
at it's new location, to install RC1 x64 for testing on the smaller
partition where RC1 x86 was originally located.
Will this work? I have NeoSmart EasyBCD installed to reconfigure things
if necessary after I reboot following the move. My main concern is
whether I will at least be able to boot into RC1.
Or is there a better way?