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Dual boot question

Posted on 2003-03-31
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Last Modified: 2013-12-28
I want to create a dual boot by doing the following (I know how to create dual boots which have done many times in the past) BUT THIS is what I'm wondering how to do.

I have a single partitioned 2.1gig drive with 98SE running with basic programs and a Cisco VPN dialup client (the main reason this pc is used).  Currently, approx 400mg is in use.

I want to create a second partition (D:) with half of the total space then ghost C to D.  Using a dual booting program, boot up to which ever partition at the same time swapping the primary/secondary roles and assigned drive letter (D with C's copy of Windows BECOMES C and vice versa).   Can I do this and if so, how do I do this.

This is the software I have:

- Partion Magic 7.0
- System Commander 7.0
- Boot Magic
- Ghost (as a boot disk)

Thanks in advance.
Question by:HarmonicMinor
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Expert Comment

ID: 8241841
I believe what you need to do is create the second partition using PM and create it as primary partition. Then ghost C to D and then intall and use BOOT MAGIC since it is a component of PM you might as well keep it in the family so to speak. :>)

Defrag C before you do anything so as to tighten up the disk usuage.

The Crazy One

Expert Comment

ID: 8242631
how about this:
Sizes are just examples, PM - Partition Magic, NG -Norton Ghost.

(PM) Resize your current c: to say 500MB.
(PM) Create new primary 500MB, and format same as current c:
(PM) Create new extended with one logical drive covering
the rest of the drive, and format.
(NG) ghost your current c: to d: (image .gho)
(PM boot floppy) Make your new primary active.
(NG boot floppy) restore the ghost
image to it
(PM boot floppy) Make old primary active
boot into old, configure boot magic.
Move your swapfile for both os's to d: to save space.
Move (MagicMover) shareable applications to d:
(once for each os to the same destination)
Install new (shareable) applications in d:
(once for each os to the same destination)
You should be good to go.

Cheers, Bjorn


Author Comment

ID: 8248782
Thanks for the info, guys.   Unfortunately, the user "thought" they had only 400k in use but they actually had over 50% in use.   I'll be swapping out their 2.1 hard drive with an 18.2gig with a fresh install of the OS on two equal partitions then installing boot magic (that'll be installed prior to installing the second OS).  

I'm not sure what info mentioned above I'll be using (if any) but, I'm going to award some points to the both of you for participating nonetheless and have this Q deleted tomorrow morning (EST).


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