Ghosting Win2K partition to another HD for dual boot?
Posted on 2003-03-10
Hi all, please be gentle with me.... I'm pretty new to Win2K.
I have an IBM Thinkpad 600 laptop with Win98SE installed (FAT32). I did an experimental installation of Win2K Pro (using FAT32) to a spare HD plugged into the laptop. It was successful and allows me to use some USB hardware that due to IRQ problems I can't use under Win98SE. I was not expecting it to work as well as it did, so I didn't do the Win2K installation to the Win98SE HD like I probably should have. To save time, I tried to Ghost the Win2K installation from the spare HD to the Win98SE HD instead of re-installing since I also did the Windows update thing to the Win2K installation and it was rather lengthy.
So I used Partition Magic and Bootmagic to create a new primary FAT32 partition on the Win98SE HD in the laptop, set the new partition as active and then Ghosted the Win2K partition to the newly created partition. Ghosted fine.
However, after Ghosting to the Win98SE HD the new Win2K partition will not boot when selected in Bootmagic. Win98SE boots fine when selected in Bootmagic. I suspect that something is wrong with the MBR due to the way I did things but since I am new to Win2K I'm not sure how to fix it. I should also mention if it makes any difference that I initially did the Win2K installation as NTFS and later converted it to FAT32 with Partition Magic. On the spare HD, it boots fine as FAT32.
If there is an easy (and safe) way, I'm all ears. However, I can simply re-install Win2K if I have to.... it's just that the install and updates took nearly 2 hours by the time I was done installing, cnfiguring my wireless network card and going through Windows Update.
Cool forum here, too! I only hope I can give back somehow.