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By europanorama ·
i want to use a 20 gb-hdd(ata 133/7200(maxtor fireball 3) only for special photo purposes.
my msi k7266 pro has also raid.plsu amd athlon xp 1800, 256 mb-ddr. although i have a second identical drive, possibly using both for raid, i want to installwindows millenium on one and win2k on the second drive, using them separately(only one drive at the same time).
using both windows-version is necessary to test stability of special software. i received some good tips having a special bootfiles-onlypartition(c) and windows on d with win2k. i would better have windows me and the bootfiles together.
what about the swapfile?
do you have a genious idea have to partition? i will use the drive only for photo-purposes. i have two more p4 left whichwill later be powered with larger drives. these asus p4b266se-boards do also have raid. maybe i will use this option.

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by CG IT In reply to partitioning a 20 gb-hdd- ...

the Promise IDE RAID controller only allows RAID 0 and RAID 1. Mirroring and Striping. Windows 2000 had RAID 5 software RAID capabilities but again, RAID isn't setup for dual booting purposes rather for security by mirroring one drive to another or linking two drives together to form a Larger single drive.

If you are going to run a test bed system for User created programs and Windows compatibility, Dual booting is probably the best course to take. Either that or set up two computers.

I'm not aware of a BIOS that will allow you to hook up two drives to the IDE channels and only use one drive at a time [in essence disabling the drive in the BIOS]nor am I aware of a special Windows program that will allow you to do this. That's not to say it doesn't exist.

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by CG IT In reply to partitioning a 20 gb-hdd- ...

It's quite possible someone has come up with a special software program that will effectively allow you to disable a drive for so that Windows won't use it, but I don't think it's available as general public software.

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by europanorama In reply to partitioning a 20 gb-hdd- ...

sorry i want partitioning one drive not using raid. didnt i explain clearly enough? thanks anyhow, any informations are welcome, i will always save them. this saved me a lot of times...

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by europanorama In reply to partitioning a 20 gb-hdd- ...

btw: although i have not in mind compairing the results of the two windows(winme and win2k) at the same time(i must just test winme one day and win2k the other day and so on) i have seen a german company offering a box which can-after a reboot- switch from one drive(system) to the other.

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by europanorama In reply to partitioning a 20 gb-hdd- ...

i will change the drives whenever i like. eighter by simply exchanging them(i have all my working computer opened) or inside the case with special drawer as you certainly know.

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by opatzg In reply to partitioning a 20 gb-hdd- ...

I know I've seen disk managers at tigerdirect which have front panels to allow you to boot from up to 3 different drives and it just leaves the others unpowered. I'm not sure how bios handles that. If your systems have usb or firewire ports, usb/firewire drives could be used for data handling between machines quite nicely. Just some other ideas for you.

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by europanorama In reply to partitioning a 20 gb-hdd- ...

the original question is still unanswered: how should i partition my 20 gb-drive? machine is still running and ontrack diskmanager wants to know how to execute....

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by CG IT In reply to partitioning a 20 gb-hdd- ...

how to partition your 20Gig drive? Simple enough to do. Create a C drive and D Drive make them active and bootable via Fdisk then install the operating systems on the seperate partitions. Ontrack should read the dual boot and provide you with the option to boot to the different O/S's. As far as physical structure of the partition, W2K should have a space of about 4 GB to work with [including ALL service packs, hotfixes, security updates and the like] W ME probably 2 GB [including all the updates available.] I would say that dividing it in half 10GB for W2K and 10 GB ME ought to do the trick. Leaves about 6 GB for W2K [enough free space for virtual memory and any programs you want to install] and about 8GB for W ME. Depending upon what your testing you can chose NTFS for W2K or use FAT32, for W ME it's FAT32 only.

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by europanorama In reply to partitioning a 20 gb-hdd- ...

sorry interrupting you again: i will install winme on drive 1 and win2k on drive 2 and not use them at the same time. no dual boot. i want a simple solution. partitioning one simgel 20 gb for winme first.

i only need to know the configuration(okplus necessary details). i know how to execute partitioning, sorry you could not know.

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by TheChas In reply to partitioning a 20 gb-hdd- ...

Hi Michael,

You do not need to enable RAID to use the drives on the on-board extra controller.

You can use the full rated speed of the controller for the drives.

You need to check for W2K, but for Windows Me, you need to install Windows with the drive connected to the standard IDE controller, and then you can move the drive to the RAID controller, and install the driver.

I guess, that I would install Me on C:
Then, W2K on
Then, move both drives to the primary RAID controller.
You then set the BIOS to boot from either SCSI, or the on-board controller. (depends on the options they give you)

On a DUAL-Boot system, I would leave the virtual memory settings alone, and let Windows use the same drive as the OS is installed on.

Chas

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