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By mbertel ·
I am trying to set up my computer at home with a triple boot system. I want Windows98se, NT4 and Linix. I want to put win98 on the 1.5 GB primary partition on a 30 gig HD. It would become drive C:. I want to put NT on a 1.5 GB logical partition within an extended partition. It would become drive Linix would be in another 1.5 GB partition in the extended partition and become drive E:. The balance of the drive would be split into two equal parts for programs and data.
My problem is that I will have to use FAT 16 on the partitions because NT and Linix don't read FAT 32. However, FAT 16 only reconizes 2 GB partitions. That means my HD will have 15 partitions on it.
The computer that I am typing this on has two 9 Gig drives. One split and one not. They use the NTFS system. I know that NT will read the FAT 16 files, but not the FAT 32.
Any suggestions. I do not really want 15 drive letters plus the ones assigned to the CD-RW, DVD, smartmedia card reader, JAZ drive, CDROM and the SCSI drives.
Thanks for the help.

Markus R Bertel

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by mjuhrig In reply to Configuration Challenge

setup 2 partitions one primary for win98 and an extended partition and make logical drives
in there leave the rest of the drive unpartitioned. install 98 on the primary drive. then while in 98 install nt on one of the logical drives.now you can dual boot between nt and 98 make sure when nt is installed you get the latest service pack or it won't see all of your hard drive. when in NT you can create layout of partitions you want. leave the part you want to use for linux unformatted. start linuxfrom the linux cd. then you install linux on an unformatted part of your hard drive when prompted for where to save the startup config the easiest is on a floppy and when you want to boot to linux just start the box with the floppy in. When you wantto boot to 98 or nt there will be a boot up screen that asks 98 or nt. good luck sometimes it takes a few tries to get it the way you want.

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Ok. Format the HD totally. Make the first partition FAT 16, and 1.99 gigs big. Then install windows 98 on that parition (C:\). Using a partition utility like Partition Magic 5.0 (very good) Make the next FAT 16 Partition (D:\) for NT and install it.Again, Using Partition Magic, make a linux partition, however big you want it. I recommend 2 - 2.5gb if you are planning on using it for a server or a power workstation, you have the space, why not use it? Go through the setup for Linux, and installit to the new partition. Next, go back into windows, and run Partition Magic again. Now, make the remaining space on the drive into whatever you want! You can make it into a FAT 32 drive. No need for 15 partitions all of 2gb, unless you plan on making them all FAT 16.

I know this should work, becuase my home computer is set up like this:
8.4gb hd
C is a FAT 16 Drive with 1.99gb (running win9
\ is a FAT 32 Drive with the remaining space

C and D can see eachother, and things work fine. Its just that when making the HD FAT 16, you cant go any higher than 2gb.

hope it helps, if you need more info, just drop me an email. I will be glad to answer any other ?s you have.

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My mistake, the NT drive is logical. Sorry about that confusion.

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