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I have bought a 6.4GB harddisk and I divided it into four partition.  3.4GB(FAT32), 1GB(FAT32), 1.5GB(FAT32), and 120MB(FAT).  The harddisk is install in the secondary IDE port(master).  I try to install MS-DOS into the 120MB partition but when I try to reboot after installed it, the system told me it is a non-system disk.  What happen?  How can I install any OS into the harddisk?
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Dos won't boot from anything except an active primary partition on the first physical hard disk. To get around this you would need a utility such as System Commander or Partition Magic. In the case of plain dos, I'm still not sure it would boot from the 2nd drive.
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DOS, Win9x and NT's loader /must/ be installed on an active primary partition on the first harddisk. With IDE that's the master on your primary IDE interface.
Some other operating systems, like OS/2, Linux, FreeBSD, can be installed on any partition (primary or extended) on any harddisk, provided you're using a bootmanager like the one shipped with OS/2 or Partition Magic, or Lilo (linux), etc..

Regards,
Erik

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