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Hello,
my curent system have a primary hardisk with 8.3GB and partition into 1.83(drive c), 2.92(drive d), 2.24(drive e), amd others in drive f.  Windows 98 is installed in drive C and all this drive is fornatted as fat32.

Now, i have another 4.3GB hardisk and i proposed to install a Windows NT4.0 on this hardisk. How can i do it ? Anyone ca help me ?

thanx
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You can run the NT setup, and just specify to install on the new disk. The problem is, the NT setup will not be able to install the boot menu on your current drive C because it is FAT32.

You would need to either

1. Purchase a different boot menu program, like system commander.

2. Go into the BIOS and disable the primary drive every time you wanted to use NT.

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i install using "winnt /b" at the dos prompt. After locating the windows NT files, the following message appear and does not allow me to continue:

" Setup was unable to install window NT boot loader

  Ensure that c: drive is formatted and that drive is not damaged.
 
  Setup not continue...  "

can u help me to solve this problem?

thanx

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Right, remember when I wrote "NT setup will not be able to install the boot menu on your current drive C because it is FAT32. "

That's what I was talking about. You will need to either purchase a boot loader, like system commander, or for now, disable the first drive in the BIOS.

The problem is that NT4 does not understand FAT32.

Why don't you use Windows 2000 instead. It has better driver support than NT4 and is more stable.
The correct procedure would be to fdisk the drive and install a small FAT16 partition for NT to Boot from and then you could put NT and Win98 Operating Systems on their own seperate partitions.

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There is a very specifice procedure to follow if you want a Win98/NT4 dual boot system:

I suggest you re-install from zero. Disconnect all hard drives except for IDE0. You'll need a) installation disc + cd rom of Windows 98 b) installation discs and/or cd of win nt 4

1) Start NT4 setup and create a small partition at the beginning of your hard drive (c:\, approx. 300 MB needed). Put a minimum installation of NT in that one (you wil have to remove it later)

2) Boot with 98 setup disc . Select CD support. Go to {cd}:\win98 and with fdisk you create a second partition. The size of this second partition is the tricky part: IF -after you created this partition - the remaining space is larger than 2GB you (later on) HAVE TO INSTALL NT ON NTFS !!!. Otherwise it will never work. I suggest you do that: create a partition of any size (large enough to hold a Win98 installation).

3) you have to reboot to format that partition: do this by booting with the 98 disc (select cd rom support). If you get an error "not enough memory) copy the format.com from the win98 cd to your hard drive and reboot (select NO cd rom support). Format the partition created in the previous step.

4) BOOT normally (that is: NT4). Go to discmanager and create your last partition (the rest of your first hard drive). Press "Apply changes" so you can format it immediately: Like I said: if it's larger than 2GB make it NTFS!!!!!

5) reboot with Win 98 disc (select CD ROM support) and execute FORMAT C: /S !By this you remove your minimum install of NT.

6) Install Win 98 on your second partition (the one in the middle)

7) install NT on the third (last) partition.

You now have a complete functional Win98/NT4.0 dual boot (with NT on NTFS). Assign clear names to each partition (e.g. BOOT / WIN98 / NT4). It's possible 98 and NT wont give them the same drive letter (except for the first partition).




Commented:
There is a very specifice procedure to follow if you want a Win98/NT4 dual boot system:

I suggest you re-install from zero. Disconnect all hard drives except for IDE0. You'll need a) installation disc + cd rom of Windows 98 b) installation discs and/or cd of win nt 4

1) Start NT4 setup and create a small partition at the beginning of your hard drive (c:\, approx. 300 MB needed). FORMAT IT AS FAT 16 !!! Put a minimum installation of NT in that one (you wil have to remove it later)

2) Boot with 98 setup disc . Select CD support. Go to {cd}:\win98 and with fdisk you create a second partition. The size of this second partition is the tricky part: IF -after you created this partition - the remaining space is larger than 2GB you (later on) HAVE TO INSTALL NT ON NTFS !!!. Otherwise it will never work. I suggest you do that: create a partition of any size (large enough to hold a Win98 installation).

3) you have to reboot to format that partition: do this by booting with the 98 disc (select cd rom support). If you get an error "not enough memory) copy the format.com from the win98 cd to your hard drive and reboot (select NO cd rom support). Format the partition AS FAT16 created in the previous step.

4) BOOT normally (that is: withouy floppy or CD, so NT4 is started). Go to discmanager and create your last partition (the rest of your first hard drive). Press "Apply changes" so you can format it immediately: Like I said: if it's larger than 2GB make it NTFS!!!!!

5) reboot with Win 98 disc (select CD ROM support) and execute FORMAT C: /S !By this you remove your minimum install of NT.

6) Install Win 98 on your second partition (the one in the middle)

7) install NT on the third (last) partition.

You now have a complete functional Win98/NT4.0 dual boot (with NT on NTFS). Assign clear names to each partition (e.g. BOOT / WIN98 / NT4). It's possible 98 and NT wont give them the same drive letter (except for the first partition).




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THG,

follow the directions in my SECOND comment (i forgot to mention on which file type you were to format your partitions !)
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this free program will do what you want http://www.xosl.org/
you can set it up to load any os and hide any partition so you can install then reconfigure. (i recommend you read the instructons and back-up important data before you begin)

If this is too much to handle buy partition magic and convert c drive back to fat16 then install nt