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I have Windows2k professional installed, and I want to install 98 on another drive.  The other drive is empty and I can not reinstall Windows2k because of what is on there now.  What is the best way to put 98 on so when my computer boots up, I can choose?

I heard about a Hard Drive Selector, but my drives are ATA100 and from what I heard, a Hard Drive Selector wont let me do this.
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by:hatim
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the way to go abt this would be that u first install win98 on the partition u want to install and then reinstall win2k on the other partition. when the installation of win2k is complete .... it will allow u to boot in the system that u would like ......

bye hatim
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by:thunderchicken
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I can't reinstall Windows 2000, that is not an option.
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by:newwavepro
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If the program still exists I am not sure, you can use DriveCopy or Norton Ghost to make an exact duplicate of the win2k onto the new drive. then come back using a 3rd party partition program make change to the partition and then install win98 there

BUT I HIGHLY RECOMMEND A COMPLETE BACK-UP OF ALL DATA before attempting such action.  This has been known to cause harddrive failures and eventual reformatting anyways of the entire harddrive including deleting all partitions.

once an NTFS partition is installed a FAT or FAT32 can not read/write to the partition table.  

If the Win2k PRO is an NTFS partition I would not even begin to attempt it. If it fat32 you can use the above programs to do so
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by:petemcc
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If you want to dual boot between 98 and 2K, 98 has to be installed first. If you want to access all files (whatever OS you are booted to) both partitions need to be FAT32. If you install 98 second it will over write the boot files and you won?t have access to 2K anymore. Maybe you want to try a removable drive enclosure so you can swap out the drives. There are hot-swappable drive enclosures available that can fit in an available slot in your case. I?ve seen them sold online for as little as  $8.00. You set your bios for autodetect and away you go.
Hope this helps,
Pete
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by:newwavepro
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This comes from the M$ site itself on related issue, not exactly what you are intending to do but the principle applies.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/support/issues/uninstall-issues.asp
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by:hatim
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hi thunderchicken,

i have another idea but i am not sure if it will work or not .....

install win98 on to the partition u want to install. then u will only be able to run win98 on your system. at this point boot from the win2k cd n when it reaches the point where it asks for new istall or repair. select repair at this point. then let it search for the place where the win2k files r located if it finds the files perform a fast repair. this might bring back the boot.ini file ....
then u can edit the boot.ini file to get dual boot...

I HAVE NOT TRIED THIS OUT IT MIGHT WORK IT MIGHT NOT WORK. SO PLS MAKE ALL NECESSARY BACK UPS AND U MIGHT BE NOT ABLE  TO USE YOUR WIN2K SYSTEM IF THIS DOESNT WORK OUT.

hope this helps

hatim
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by:thunderchicken
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ahhhhh it erased everything!!!

just kidding, i'd rather not install 98 than take any chance.  i was hoping it would be something easy, but i'll do a little more research.
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by:newwavepro
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wise choice thunderchicken :)
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by:hatim
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hi again
another suggestion......

drive a = win2k
drive b = freedrive

back up al your stuff from drive a onto drive b, then load drive a with win98. then load drive b with win2k. this way you will have dual boot on the machine.

n just curious y do u want to load win98.

found a hardware where u can switch between o/s just by switching a button......
http://www.arcoide.com/dual1.htm
check it out

hatim
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by:thunderchicken
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$250 isn't an option, but thanks though.

I need win98 because some programs wont run on win2k
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by:hatim
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what abt the other option .......
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by:thunderchicken
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Pretty much it's taken about a month to get my computer where I want it.  I was hoping it would be something easy to edit, but I guess not.

I am wondering how that would copy over.  I just do NOT want to install Win2k.

I don't think you can just copy everything from one drive to the other and have it work.  From what I understand from previous posts, you have to install 2k from 98 for the dual boot to come up.
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by:hatim
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yes u thats how it works ...... the dual boot feature is enabled with a file named boot.ini which contains the boot information for your o/s's ....... this file is created by win2k and is absent in the win98 operation systems .....
hatim
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by:thunderchicken
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Everyone, pick a number between 1 and 10

closest gets the points, i'll give you 1 day from this post.  If you hit it dead on, I'll give an extra 50.
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by:thunderchicken
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I just bought a new computer to solve my problem.  Like to leave this in the PAQ's.
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The answer was 1.  The other person didn't contribute much.  Thanks anyway.
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