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How can I configure Multiple O\S's?

By papaguise ·
I am currently running Windows 98 SE on my system and planning to install Caldera OpenLinux 2.3 on the same H\D using the PartitionMagic utility. No problem. I also have a second H\D which I plan on installing Windows NT using NTFS and a boot sector. Will BootMagic recognize the second H\D and O\S? Do I need to stay with FAT 16 with NT? Is there a better solution to this problem?
My system is running on an AMD K6-2 processor and 128 RAM. My H\D is a 4gig (2gig on FAT 16) and the second H\D is 1gig. My main objective is to be able to access all of the O\S's as simply as posssible. Any suggestions or solutions are welcome.

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How can I configure Multiple O\S's?

by dmiles In reply to How can I configure Multi ...

The first plan seems to be durable.
The second hard drive you will not be able to access the boot manager because it will be installed on the first hard drive,and the boot section will only access the partition that is selected as "active" to boot the operating system.I have worked with Partition magic 4.0 and the only way will be to place all O/S on one hard drive.Load winnt last to protect overwriting boot sector.Stay with Fat 16,NT does not recognize FAT 32.
Reference:www.microsoft.com/technical/dual booting/WIN98 SE/LINUX/WINNT

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How can I configure Multiple O\S's?

by papaguise In reply to How can I configure Multi ...

I did some more research on the web and found a neat little utility called "BootPart" (www.winimage.com/bootpart) also looked at the suggested System Commander, which looks like the first one I will try. Thanks for your input and link!

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by Koan Me In reply to How can I configure Multi ...

"Is there a better solution to this problem?"

YES! Use System Commander! It will handle multiple OSes with no problem. The C Drive should remain FAT, but you can have a FAT32 partition on the HD. Installing NT on the second HD is fine, but the easiest thing to do is to have the C Drive be the NT SYSTEM Partition (that has NTLDR, boot.ini, etc), while the partition on the 2nd HD is the NT BOOT Partition (the NT System files).

Also, I prefer to make an unformated primary partition on the second HD, and then use a large extended partition with logical partitions. This avoids a legacy problem about the 2nd HD's 1st partition being the D Drive.

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by papaguise In reply to How can I configure Multi ...

I checked out the utility and it looks like it is going to work just fine. See response to the first answer to see other utility I found, it is alittle more involved but looks like it would work too. Thanks for your input and suggestion!

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by veeray In reply to How can I configure Multi ...

Putting NT on a one gig harddrive may not be the best of all possible ideas, but Lilo should be able to handle the Triple boot, If you can get all the information in. To improve Win98 you really should be at Fat 32, but a triple boot is tricky at best and at worst you'll get problems at shutdown

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by papaguise In reply to How can I configure Multi ...

Thanks for your input and suggestion!

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How can I configure Multiple O\S's?

by KenOwsley In reply to How can I configure Multi ...

If your main objective is, as you say, "to be able to access all of the O\S's as simply as posssible" then why not use a second computer. That is a whole lot simpler than what you are trying to do.

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by papaguise In reply to How can I configure Multi ...

To limit yourself is to deny the possible. Thank yoiu for the suggestion!

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How can I configure Multiple O\S's?

by edperks In reply to How can I configure Multi ...

I have done allready what you ask on my system. I put Win98SE and NT on the first hardrive, Then istalled the other operating system on the third, any order of the operating system on the two drive is ok. Then i disable the drive in bios i do not wish to boot from on this bootup. And the computer will boot from the only bootable drive each time you disable either drive.
It works great for me. being you can only run one OS at a time anyway.

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by papaguise In reply to How can I configure Multi ...

Interesting suggestion if nothing else works I will give it try. Thanks for the suggestion !

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