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recently I purchased a new hard drive 5.1 gig.  It's partitioned as such c: partition 1 of new drive (1.2g) d:old hard drive (500MB) e: partion 2 new drive (1.2g) f: partition 3 of new drive (900MB) {g:mirror image of d: (I don't understand why it's mirrored)} h:CDROM.  
My old hard drive took a dive.  I was forced to reformat - it went from 850mb to 500mb.  
I have two kids 5 and 2 yrs.  I would like to keep all of their games and learning CD's on their own hard drive.  Basically I'd like to have win95 on both hard drives and come up with a boot disk that they could use.  I would need it to somehow disable all other drives except d: and h: (CDROM).  Is this possible?  If so how???
New drive is Western Digital 5.1.  Don't know old hard drive off top of head.

thanks!!!
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Brian, there's a problem right from the start with the partitioning of the new drive. As you note above, the new drive is partitioned as 1.2, 1.2, 900MB and ? (mirrored).

First, you can't boot Windows 95 from a floppy and you can boot Windows to another partition other than C:\ unless your using some sort of boot loader such as System Commander, Partition Magic's boot loader etc.

You can, however, load the games so they are on another drive or partition and give them their own logon profile that will preserve your settings as well as lock them out of making system changes.

If this is something that you would like to do, let me know and I'll post a procedure for you, but you will have to fix the partitioning first. I suspect the mirror problem may be caused by the way your config.sys and autoexec.bat are setup or the partitioning method used. If you copy and paste your config.sys and autoexec.bat files here, I'll help you sort this out.

The easiest method for copy and paste is to log onto this page, then click Start/Run and type in Sysedit. This will bring up your basic startup files beginning with autoexec.bat. Use the edit function to copy and paste the files here. I'll wait on you!
Dennis
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