A tricky one: file permissions with dual boot

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Davebomb

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I have a hard drive with four partitions: two seperate installs of Windows XP and a file storage partition for each install, all are NTFS. The idea is to have a "clean" version of XP and an "experimental" version that I can play around with and install suspicious software on. So I've got this dual boot set up and now I'd like to restrict access between the partitions. I don't want a virus to be able to migrate between partitions and I don't want to accidentally save files in the wrong partition and forget where I put them. By keeping my files on seperate partitions I hope to save myself a lot of backing up when I reformat, and to eliminate the need to defrag so often.

C: Win XP Pro [MAIN]
D: MAIN_STORAGE
G: WIN XP Pro [ALT]
H: ALT_STORAGE

So when I boot to the (main) XP I want only access to C: and D:. When I boot to (alt) XP I want only access to G: and H:. I have tried to do this with permissions by logging on as Administrator in Safe Mode, but When I make a change as (main) Administrator, the changes seem to also affect permissions set by (alt) Administrator. If I deny users on (main) XP access to H:, users on (alt) XP are also unable to access H:. There seems to be a conflict between the Administrator accounts because I'm dual booting two versions of the same OS. Making changes in one Admin account affects the way both OS's operate.

Is there a better way for me to do this? Am I wrong in thinking that the Admin account should control only the OS, not the entire computer?
 
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