Note: NI will remove support for Phar Lap for cRIO in the NI 2020 Software Release and for PXI in the NI 2022 Software Release. For more information, please see the Phar Lap RT OS EOL Road Map. Also, NI does not plan to support Dual-Boot for NI Linux Real-Time controllers at this time.
Purchasing a dual-boot controllerControllers can be purchased as a dual-boot system, and will be custom formatted with a primary partition of 32GB (maximum allowed for FAT32) and a secondary partition for the remaining disk space. These controllers will come loaded with Windows 7 on the second partition (FAT32) and LabVIEW RT on the first partition (FAT32). To purchase a dual boot controller, please see our online PXI Advisor to assist with hardware selection. Select the embedded controller you would like to purchase then View and edit options/accessories for this product to select the Windows OS you would like and add Dual Boot LabVIEW RT.Changing an existing controller to be dual-boot by dividing the hard drive into multiple partitions
As of early 2004, National Instruments began shipping controllers with NTFS as the default file system instead of FAT32. NTFS provides improvements to file security, disk performance, and allows disks larger than 32GB to be formatted for Windows.When reformatting your hard drive into multiple partitions, Acronis Trueimage will be erased by reformatting your hard drive. The Phoenix Firstware image will remain as the original image of your hard drive. If you re-image your FAT32 system and your original controller was NTFS, Firstware would recover the NTFS factory-installed image. Also, Microsoft Windows Vista does not support FAT32 systems, so it is not currently possible to create a dual-boot controller with Windows Vista installed, other than by dividing the hard drive into two separate partitions (one for FAT32, and one for NTFS).Windows 10 does not support dual booting with PharLap RT as discussed in the article in the Related Links section.Third party software such as Partition Magic can be purchased that has the ability to shrink your current Windows partition and create a new partition in the remaining space for the RT operating system as well (without erasing the data on the hard drive). If you do not wish to use third-party software, you can use the recovery CD provided with your controller and a USB CD-ROM to re-install the operating system.
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