Dual Boot NT and 98 from Different drives?
Is it possible to do the following?
Current Drive is windows98 fat32.
Plan on doing the following. Install new drive and setup as NT. Move current win98 drive as secondary drive (D [img]/forum/smile.gif[/img].
Can I dual boot in this mode(between drives) and not partitions?
I know that with SCSI drives, you can specify (in the SCSI BIOS) with drive is your boot drive. I am not sure this is possible with IDE drives... maybe with a 3rd party software, like boot commander ??
If you want to set up dual boot on a machine, the 1st partition has to be accessbile by NT and 98. Therefore, the 1st partition must be FAT16.
Then choose which file format you want to use for NT and 98.
SCSI, or not, I suggest installing Win98 on the 1st drive in Fat16, Winnt 2nd Fat16 or ntfs. When NT installes, it will detect the other OSes and you can dual boot pretty easily.
From what I know (and I do not know a lot!), NT does permit dual boot...but NOT from another drive. It only allows a dual boot from info on one specific hd's boot sector. You could have dual boot on the drive w/ NT, except the second os would have to be DOS. The DOS boot could have a batch file that starts up W98 from its drive. I haven't tried this because it seems like a delaying "pain" though.
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I do this by using Mobile racks. I have WIN98, Linux ( Mandrake 7.1 ) and Win2KPro ( not working - no mouse ) drives, swap them around as desired.
I have a second drive - a 4 gig dinosaur - formatted as a FAT16 that I use as a "Bounce drive" - I modify web pages with Arachnophilia, drop them on the bounce drive and install the Linux OS drive; upload the modified files to Linux.
Another possiblity would be to tinker with rthe CMOS setup, change the boot order of the drives.
I also recommend the CMOS boot options menu if your bios supports it, just make each drive think it is the master when you install and then just change the First booting HD (you may have the FD or CD 1 and 2) to the OS you want to boot. I booted 98, Linux, BE, and NT4 this way on my BP6, all were on their own drives.
I used to have Win9x on the primary master and NT4 on the primary slave and I would just go to "Boot Sequence" in the BIOS and select "C" to boot to Win98 and "D" to boot to NT4! It's that simple!
To do what you want, install NT on the drive, add a section in the Boot.ini file to include the win98 option and point it to the secondary drive.
This will cause the NT drive to be hit, while system information is read and the boot selector screen appears after which the load would be transfered to the Win98 drive.
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