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how to remove dual boot leaving the 2k alive and well

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I have a dual bnoot  c drive is win 98se  the g drive is the win 2k ntfs.

How can I remove the 98 and leave just the win2k as the only partition.  And by doing this does the win2k become C or can it stay as the G drive even thought it will be the boot partition.

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scott
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by:jhance
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If you remove the C: partition, then the other partitions will move "UP" and your W2K installation, or possibly some of the programs installed there may fail and need re-installation.

Can you just leave the C: partition intact?  If you want to do away with the dual boot, just edit the BOOT.INI file on the C: drive to remove the references to the C: Win98 boot partition.
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by:trekie1
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first of all,you cant remove the C partition,,,you will allways have a C partition(primary)   and this is where your boot files for both OS's are located...
How can I remove the 98 and leave just the win2k as the only partition??? 2 dif file systems are being used,,,,very tricky,,,,partition magic 6 will do this ,,,,backup all inportant data before trying anything
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by:trekie1
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ocsscott,,,disregard my comment,,,wasn't thinking,,,,
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You can use a tool like Partition Magic to change partitions. Windows 2000 usually does remember the correct drive letter, so that it should stay drive G: even if you remove the FAT C: drive.

Note that, prior to moving/deleting partitions, you should do a complete backup. Also make sure that the boot files (BOOT.INI, NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM) are all on the G: drive as well, or you will not be able to boot after deleting the old C:.
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by:ocsscott
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any issues with  the masterboot record being on the c partition then deleting it?
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by:AvonWyss
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The MBR is per-drive, not per-partition. And Windows NT/2000 by default creates a bootable bootsector on all drives it formats, so that there should be not problem at all.
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by:ssr
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Much easier way.  Go to C:\.  Type:

attrib -r -s -h boot.ini

Edit boot.ini, and remove references to anything but NT.

attrib +r +s +h boot.ini

Then,you can remove the \Windows directories, and it won't boot 98 anymore.

SSR.
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by:ocsscott
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ssr and all, my concern is not that i dont boot from 98 but that I can delete the 98 partition after its gone.  The way all I have is a bootable ntfw win 2k partition.  

any more ideas
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I provided ocsscott with a working solution to his question.
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