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    2 Questions Please

    My first question is about the dual boot systems... I have WinXp and Win 98, in one single drive with one partition. The sys32 from Win98 directory is empty and the only bootable system is WinXP. Does anyone know why?
    And the second...is there a way that I can access files from win98 to NTFS partition?
    thank you

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    If you installed Win XP first, which I dont' think you did, the Win98 woudn't be able to install if you formatted the drive in NTFS. And I don't know of any utility that will allow you to access NTFS partitions in Win98. Others might though. To bual boot both OS'es, you need to reformat your hard drive using FAT 32, then install Win98, get it setup the way you want, then install Win XP but don not let Win XP change over the drive to NTFS. It's normally easier if you install the OS's on 2 seperate drives. Win 9x doesn't work unless it's installed on the primary ( C: ) drive. Win NT based OS's will allow you to install them on other partitions or drives. One other thing, if you have a large enough hard drive, you can always split it into 2 partitions and then install each OS in it's own partition.

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    It sounds like you did an upgrade instead of dual booting. You should have 2 separate partitions, one for each OS. Install win9x on the first partition, then install winxp on the second partition. winxp will automatically create a boot menu for you.

    Natively, win98 cannot read ntfs. you'll have to get third party software for that. here's a link:

    http://www.winternals.com/products/fct/ntfswin98.asp

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    As stated previously - to do a dual boot you need to have two hard drives or hartd drive partitions and have an operating system, in this case win98 and Xp on each seperate one. As midknyte states by "installing" XP upon a win98 partition all youv edone is upgraded 98 to XP

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    Well on one side yes you can install both OS on to the same HDD

    as long as they have at least 2 Partition of FAT16/32 or 1-32/1-NTFS

    but on the 2nd hand, now that the Install is screwed up

    He will have to start all over and have 98 on one partition and XP on the other


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    Well technically you can do a dual boot on the same partition, but that would be a VERY BAD idea. First off, you'd have to make sure they're in different directories, secondly, you'd have to make sure you don't upgrade the drive to NTFS. And then you'll get problems when you want to install the same program on both operating systems, both will want to install to the same folder, so unless you're really careful about that, you'll end up currupting a lot of programs.

    If you only have one hard drive, you'll want to setup two different partitions. Install 98 first, THEN XP, and when you have the option of upgrading, or doing a clean install, choose the clean install and make sure you select the OTHER partition.

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    Ok....as I can see the thing i did is just to upgrade from 98 to xp...Ok I ll split the partition to work.
    I saw the software from wininternals but its freeware only for read... for write is not free. I searched for similar software quite long but I didnt come up to something that could work. If anyone happens to know such a freeware prog please advice me so...
    thanks for all the answers. It were helpful.

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    you can Always use FDISK

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    Why do you need win98 to see ntfs anyway? If you really gotta have ntfs support for win98, then you might as well plop down the $50 for the program.

    if you just want to share files between the two OSes, the best thing to do is to create a third partition for files using FAT32. that way your files are all in one place and you can access them from either win98 or xp.

    C: (FAT32) = win98
    D: (NTFS) = winxp
    E: (FAT32) = data

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    Originally posted by Midknyte


    C: (FAT32) = win98
    D: (NTFS) = winxp
    E: (FAT32) = data
    Agree

    that's how's my setup

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    I would prefer:

    C: Boot (100MB) FAT16 or 32
    D: Win98 FAT32
    E: WinXP NTFS
    F: Shared FAT32

    This way you can format any drive but C and still be able to boot an OS.
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    Originally posted by BipolarBill
    I would prefer:

    C: Boot (100MB) FAT16 or 32
    D: Win98 FAT32
    E: WinXP NTFS
    F: Shared FAT32

    This way you can format any drive but C and still be able to boot an OS.
    my FAT16 in C: is 2Gig
    w98 D: is another 2 gig
    NTFS w2k D: is another 2 gig
    FAT32 E: is around 140 gig
    NTFS E: is around 160 gig
    then
    F: is Linux
    F:, G:, H:, etc are just plain other removable HDDs
    and i have
    DVD on X:
    CDRW on Y:
    and
    Emulated drive on Z:

    mine is just way too complicated to explain

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    C: (FAT32) = win98
    D: (NTFS) = winxp
    E: (FAT32) = data


    Originally posted by AllGamer


    Agree

    that's how's my setup
    my FAT16 in C: is 2Gig
    w98 D: is another 2 gig
    NTFS w2k D: is another 2 gig
    FAT32 E: is around 140 gig
    NTFS E: is around 160 gig
    Well...which is it?
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    The 2nd

    is just that the 1st was easier to have Normal people Assimilate

    cuz as you can see my real setup is waaay weird :

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    Yep - I'd imagine that it is.
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