Partition and dual boot help!

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by Chris, May 13, 2006.

  1. Chris

    Chris Guest

    I am trying to figure out if I can repartition my hard drive, and if
    so, how.

    I have windows XP running (professional version). I have all my
    information and data on my C drive, a 120GB ide hard drive. I have a
    2nd 120GB ide drive that I use to backup everything (via Norton Ghost)
    every other day. My C: drive currently have about 40 gigs free.

    What I would like to do is set up my system for a dual operating system
    (Windows XP and Windows 98). From what I understand, I have to
    repartition my C: drive into two drive (say C and D, or something) -
    one of which would house windows XP, one of which would house Windows
    98. Is that correct? Do I need to install anything else, or will I be
    able to choose the bootup drive when I restart? Do the two partitions
    needs to be C and D, or can they be any letters?

    In terms of partitions, is there some way I can repartition my current
    C drive without losing all my information? I really don't want to have
    to reformat/reinstall everything. What software (if any) is
    recommended? Would it be possible to do something as follows: backup
    with norton ghost, reformat and partition C: drive into two drive, and
    then restore my drive image to the new (smaller) C drive partition? Is
    there a simpler way to do it?

    Any help is appreciated!!


    Chris
    Chris, May 13, 2006
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    Robert Baer Guest

    Chris wrote:

    > I am trying to figure out if I can repartition my hard drive, and if
    > so, how.
    >
    > I have windows XP running (professional version). I have all my
    > information and data on my C drive, a 120GB ide hard drive. I have a
    > 2nd 120GB ide drive that I use to backup everything (via Norton Ghost)
    > every other day. My C: drive currently have about 40 gigs free.
    >
    > What I would like to do is set up my system for a dual operating system
    > (Windows XP and Windows 98). From what I understand, I have to
    > repartition my C: drive into two drive (say C and D, or something) -
    > one of which would house windows XP, one of which would house Windows
    > 98. Is that correct? Do I need to install anything else, or will I be
    > able to choose the bootup drive when I restart? Do the two partitions
    > needs to be C and D, or can they be any letters?
    >
    > In terms of partitions, is there some way I can repartition my current
    > C drive without losing all my information? I really don't want to have
    > to reformat/reinstall everything. What software (if any) is
    > recommended? Would it be possible to do something as follows: backup
    > with norton ghost, reformat and partition C: drive into two drive, and
    > then restore my drive image to the new (smaller) C drive partition? Is
    > there a simpler way to do it?
    >
    > Any help is appreciated!!
    >
    >
    > Chris
    >

    Use PartitionMagic to add that second partition; do *NOT* (repeat: DO
    NOT) use FDISK!!!!!!!!
    Ideally, you should put Win98 (98SE is far better) on first, then
    install (ug) XP.
    If XP installs the same way as Win2K, it will be nice and *ask* what
    to do (tell it add partition in free space and format it NTFS).
    At the end of the XP installation (*IF* XP installs the same way as
    Win2K), booting will show a menu where you choose which OS you want.
    ****
    If you use what you have, PartitionMagic will give you that second
    drive, and you will either need to use FDISK to switch which drive is
    active (bootable) OR a boot manager.
    They will act seperately and XP programs will not be touched in any
    way - but - you will have to install whatever programs you want to run
    in Win98SE.
    **
    I run 3 OSes; Win98Se, Win2K and DOS. Instead of using FDISK to
    switch between Win98SE (that menu i mentioned winds up there) and DOS, i
    made a boot floppy that points command.com, etc from the proper HD to
    the boot process; that way i can remove the floppy after booting in DOS.
    **
    You will have drives C and D; with XP on C and Win98SE on D if you
    add Win98Se to what you have now via PartitionMagic (no choice).
    Robert Baer, May 14, 2006
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  3. Chris

    WebWalker Guest

    In order to has dual boot, you need to install Win 98 first than
    follow by Win XP. Not in the opposite sequent.

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    WebWalker, May 14, 2006
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  4. Chris

    Robert Baer Guest

    WebWalker wrote:
    > In order to has dual boot, you need to install Win 98 first than
    > follow by Win XP. Not in the opposite sequent.
    >

    Eyeyupp!
    Robert Baer, May 15, 2006
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