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Hello all,

I currently have a 6.4gb disk, one partition with Win98SE loaded on it.
Since I'm getting low on diskspace,
I intend to purchase an IBM 20.5gb disk
and then upgrade to Win2K.

I was thinking about dual boot setup, but I really don't know what I need?

I was thinking of copying/Ghosting my current 6.4 gb partition from my old disk to my new one and then running the Win2K upgrade from there.  That way I would be able to have Win2K on one drive with my current config, and my old Win98 config on the other disk.

Would it be possible to dual-boot a system like that, or do the operating systems have to be on the same disk physically?

What is the best way to do this?
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by:kidgloves
ID: 2609397
They can be on the physically same drive but need to be on different partitions.
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by:Century
ID: 2610043
hi,

i run this kind of configuration without
any problems....
you have few solutions :

my solution :

one HDD 10 Go, partionned like this

 C:  4 Go Windows 98 SE  (FAT32) Active
 D:  4 Go empty          (FAT32)
 E:  2 Go Windows 2000   (NTFS5)

use partition magic, else when u install
Windows 2000 on E: , it detect the
file system and purpose u to format it
in NTFS....that's better to use the
NT security features.....and Windows 2000 install a boot loader...it works !

you can install Windows 2000 on a second
HDD, too.....easy and works too....

PS : Don't forget to check " i want to
     choose my partition" at begin of
     install...

sorry for my english, i hope it will help u....gimme feedback or mail me
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by:Century
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one lil tip ....
if you use PartitionMagic 5 Pro, it comes with Boot Magic....very good
to manage multi boot systems.....i use it ...and it's great !
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by:pjknibbs
ID: 2610054
If you want a dual boot, you might as well leave Win98 on your 6Gb drive and use the whole of the new 20Gb drive for Win2000. However, bear in mind you'll have to reinstall all your applications under 2000 when you install as a dual-boot rather than an upgrade.
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by:kidgloves
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No offense to Century but there's no need or reason to use  3rd party boot maager if you're only going between Win2k and 98. I've seen more instances of screwed up partitions and drives using a 3rd party than the stock NT boot loader. NTLDR works just fine.
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by:hagur
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Thanks for your comments guys,
I have a couple of questions though:

Is it possible to dual-boot when Win 98SE is on another disk?
Even if the disk Win 98 is on has FAT32?
Will I have to edit the Boot.ini myself so it points to D: etc, or will Win2k
detect it?
 
I'll probably try this tomorrow, I'll let you guys know how things go.

Cheers,

Hagur
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hagur

win2k will take care of the dual bootup but as mentioned b4 make sure you tell win2k installation to let you choose the drive to install it on. Tell it you wanna do a clean install  and choose the drive

I would also leave win98se on the 6.4 gig drive and install win2k on your new 20 gig drive

1 more thing on the reinstallation of all your proggies....if you format the new hdd with fat32 you can just create shortcuts from your win98 programs to your win2k desktop. It doesn't work with all win98 proggies, but I did it and have only found 4 proggies that it didn't work for so far. Hope it helps.

Mike
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by:hagur
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Thanks,

I did exactly what you recommended and so far everything works like a charm.

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