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reformatting existing hard drive..................

Posted on 2003-10-27
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I am preparring to reformat, partition and, install two OS, Win. 98 and, XP. The hard drive already has 98 on it but, I don't think that the person who helprd me to put this one on, knew enough about what he was doing. I don't think that it is stable. It act's a bit squirrly. So I want to do a clean install, partition and reinstall 98 and, then XP on another partition as I said. I stated last night, when I first discovered and joined EE that I am a newby, in school to be a geek and very unsure of my self. I need to be walked through the process. The help that I got last night was wonderful, but I tried starting off of the floppy and, much to my surprise, 98 started as usual. I'm sure this is a very simple process, but being the cautious person I am, I dare not proceed without assistance. I would appreciate your help and suggestions.
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First make sure that you have a bootdisk with smartdrive, fdisk, format and CD support, you can get it here : http://www.bootdisk.com .

At the DOS promt type Fdisk to start up the interface, partition your drive in a C and a D partition, you can use percentage of total disk space to deside how big they should be (eg : C = 40% D = 60% for example).

When done exit fdisk and type Format c: the disk will start formating when done do the same to the D partition.

Check both partitions to see if they have the size you want and you can access them, type c: this should take you to the C drive then type chkdrv or simply dir to see if the partition have the size you wanted do the same with the D partition.

W98
Now your ready to install W98 insert the CD and type install (in the right directory) the set-up proccess should start choose C as the installation destination.

XP
When done, either use the floppy to boot and go to the CD and type install in the I386 directory or make sure your bios is prepared to boot directly from the CD.

XP will detect windows 98, and ask where you wish to install XP, choose D and proceed.

Now you should be able to dualboot the systems if you have answered the questions correctly in the installation process.

Good luck
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