I've spent 4 days and nights on this now and I think its time to ask for help.
I'm attempting to run a triple (and possibly 4x) boot system on my machine. I have 3 hard drives.
The first drive has Windows 2000 installed (on a Fat 32 partition). At the end of this drive is a small Fat16 partition with the ntldr, boot.ini, ntdetect loaded up. This is the active partition.
The second drive I have is FAT32, one partition, Windows 98 installed.
The third drive (via an ULTRA ATA133 IDE controller) is partioned into 3 NTFS partitions, with Windows XP installed onto the first partition.
I want to be able to boot from either of these partitions - I thought this would be easy to setup with BootMagic, but I've abandoned this due to 6 reinstallations.
(BootMagic seems up to the job when you've only got Windows 98 and one NT system, but falls down with more than one NT system on the menu (eg 2000 & XP) - mentioned in very fine print in the manual by the way).
Anyway I'm using the standard NTLDR, boot.ini setup. Now I installed Windows 98 LAST, so the only things on the menu are Windows 2000 (drive 1) and Windows XP (drive 3). These work fine - I can pick and choose either one. The problems happen when I try and add Windows 98 to this menu. After much research, I found BOOTPART, and used this to try to add win98 to the menu. Problem is it doesn't load. After selecting the Windows 98 option, the screen goes to
Loading new Partition
Bootsector from C.H. Hochstatter
And there it stops. No drive access, nothing.
My questions are these-
1. When I run BOOTPART in order to add Windows 98 to the menu, WHERE do I run it from? My FAT16 boot partition? In a DOS window under Windows 98? Or Windows 2000? I've tried all three but to no avail...
2. My bootsect file in boot.ini - where should this reside and what should it be called for a Windows 98 entry? I've tried a number of filenames, but alas! no Joy.
3. Does the boot sector on my Windows 98 drive need modifying with BOOTPART REWRITEROOT:C: - I've done this already, but again - no Windows 98.
4. Does anyone know if bootpart supports Windows 98 and what the switches are?
When this one is fixed I'll finally be able to sleep...
Many many thanks in advance -