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, May 13, 2006
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    Robert Baer Guest

    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, 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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    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.
    WebWalker, May 14, 2006
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    Robert Baer Guest

    Robert Baer, May 15, 2006
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