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Help,

I just bought a 15 GB drive in anticipation of formatting it for Win95 (Win98 in the future), Win NT, and Linux.

Now I find out from Partition Magic, that their product won't work with these bigger drives.

Does anyone know of a tool/product which will let me dual-boot (or triple boot) to a partition of choice?  Can I at least dual-boot and skip Linux?  What's the setup process.

Does anyone know of a tool which will allow me to manipulate my partitions to do this?

Thanks,
Mark
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For dual boot with NT and Win95, you must use FAT16 cause NT cannot read FAT32 that allow you to get more then 2 gig. And the only way to get your complete 15Gig in 1 partition is using FAT32 or NTFS(NT partition not bootable for Win95). So you gonna have to chose what is better for your needs, having many partition or just one.


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forget to tell you that FAT32 is available with Win95b (osr2)

to set it to fat 32 you answer yes at the question that fdisk command will ask you when start
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Actually, if you could respond to one further question related to this, I would appreciate it.  I do not want 1 15 GB partition, I want (1) 2 GB, (1) 4 GB, and (1) 8 GB partition for Linux, WinNT and Win95 respectively.  I would at least like (1) 4 GB partition for NT and (1) 10 GB partition for Win95.

It sounds like What I need is a very small DOS partition (FAT16) from which I can boot either into NT or Win95.  Does this sound right?  If I make a 10 MB DOS partition would I be able to jump into either NT or Win95?
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In this case, you wont be able from NT to see your  8 Gig partition, but it still possible if you do your dual boot with FAT16 2gig
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Linux's fdisk has no problems with huge disks.  I put 11 partitions on a 23gig SCSI disk we put in a Linux box.  Make a  backup of your windows partitions and install Linux and select the "fdisk" option and create all of the partitions you want.  You also don't need a little MS-DOS partition either.  What you want is probably a 2gig Win95 partition (FAT16 if you want NT or Linux to access it), a 2gig WinNt partition (FAT16 if you want Win95 or Linux to see it), and then a 64meg Linux partition (for /), a Linux swap (64-128meg), a 1gig Linux (for /usr), probably a
2gig Linux partition for /home, and the rest whatever you want. The first three should be primary partition and the rest in an
extended partition.
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Oh, you can use Lilo to tripple boot your box.  Or you can use NT's boot loaded to tripple boot as well -- I'd use lilo -- it is
a little easier to start with.  *Be sure to make a Linux boot floppy* if you install Win95 or WinNT after you install Linux --
both Win95 and WinNT flush the MBR when then install, which tosses lilo.
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