Dual Boot problem
I have recently pirchased a new computer with Windows 98. Since I am finishing my Masters in computer information systems I felt pretty confident that I could solve most problems that come my way. In addition to my masters I am studying for my MCSE. Thes class practically require you to install Win NT on your system to pass. My instructor cautioned me that Windows 98 and NT do not like each other and suggested I get another hard drive to put NT on. Well to make a long story short and 2 weeks later I have discovered that there is no way to get Win 98 to allow any NT file no matter how temporary the NT file is on to the C:. My instructors have no clue on how to load NT with out formatting C:<fat32> to <fat16>. Can anyone suggest a way to load NT?
There are some programs, what makes in windows partitions like ntfs, fat32, fat16 or linux. The best thing is this you don`t need to erase you harddisk, just defrag it and you can make any partition in you hdd. I haven`t that name in my mind now but I say it to you monday.
defrag and set a partion up under NT, ntfs and then you can have 98 on the same drive as NT.
Have done it quite a few times, without any problems at all once you get the pattern of the setup right.
Say you have a drive that is 4 gig; take the first 2 gig for your 98 and then as you are loading NT it asks where you want to put it and do you want to format it to an NT drive, just say yes and go for it.
Oh, I have found it's easier using NT boot disks instead of the CD to start your loading.
[This message has been edited by bighammer (edited 02-19-99).]
Program name is PartitionMagic and the location is http://www.powerquest.com/technical
As far as having NT loader under Fat32 I do not know if there are any programs that will let you do that. This would mean that you would have to blast convert W98 from F32 to F16. Defrag the disk and then use Partition Magic to create another partition.
What I have done is to make a 500Meg Fat16 boot (C) partition for Win98. All other partitions can be what ever they want.
I only install drivers to the C partition. The major advantage to this is that, when I need to rebuild Win98, I just install it on the C partition. I use Win NT Emergency Repair Disks to reinstall the NT loader.
My Fat32 partitions are untouched. Yes, I have to reinstall all software, but, all my saved data files are still in the original directories.
I also keep around a another Fat16 partition so that I can transfer files between NT and Win98.
I have 5 machines of which 4 have this setup, and I rebuild them on average of 2 times a year.
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