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have a 30gb drive already partioned with PM6>C:>2gb-Primary,2nd Primary>extended 27gb with 2 logical drives>win98-12gb,win2k-15gb.I want to create a second logical drive in win98 and install mandrake linux8 (say 3gb)when the system boots now with ntldr i
have the win2k-win98 option.Question:If i install "BootMagic"in win 98 for the win98-linux boot option will it overwrite the mbr for the whole system and i will no longer have ntldr option at startup or will "BootMagic" enable only after i choose win98 at startup???
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ezy2,

I'm not that familiar with BootMagic, but I believe that if it is some kind of boot-loader program, it will be sitting in the MBR of the hard disk.  It should not affect you NTLDR, since (my experience), NTLDR sits on the partition header.  This means, during boot-up, you will see the your boot loader (BootMagic) screen first, and if you select the Win options, then you NTLDR comes in.

I personally used Xosl (http://www.xosl.org), and it doesn't mess with my NTLDR.  Removing the boot loader simply requires a boottable disk (with FDISK in it), and issue a FDISK /MBR  This should remove any boot loader program that sits on the MBR.

good luck
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