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By jdismuke ·
I have Win98 on my primary hard drive and I also have a second hard drive set as slave. I would like to know how to setup Winnt workstation on the second hard drive. I have tried this with fat and ntfs partitions with no luck. Winnt keeps tellingme there is an incompatible partition and it can not be installed. If anyone can help that would be really great thanks.

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by kevin_b In reply to Dual Boot

Sounds like the primary disk is fat32 which nt won't recognize. In order to boot up, nt has to have files on the system partition (the partition that the pc boots from.) If the primary disk is fat32, nt can't put the files there and it tells youit can't be installed. If you want to dual boot, you have to create a fat partition.

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by Phinaddict In reply to Dual Boot

Boot to dos and do an fdisk on your slave drive. From there you should just be able to run your NT setup and it will show your slave drive as new unformatted and should allow you to install to what you need.

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by jdismuke In reply to Dual Boot
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by Inspectorclave In reply to Dual Boot

To further emphasize answer #1, the "C" drive must be FAT, not FAT32. NT only recognizes FAT (which is FAT16) and NTFS for file systems. Win98, by default, uses FAT32. The only way around this without destroying data is to possibly use a program called Partition Magic.

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by joshg In reply to Dual Boot

Your going to need a small DOS partition on the master hard drive. If you are concerned about space only give it 200MB or less. NT won't read the FAT32 of WIN98, it needs to load the boot loader to the Active partition. You can get around this byrunning FDISK each time you want to run NT. Boot normally and ecscape to DOS run FDISK and set the slave drive to be the active partition. Reboot the install NT. You will have to set the active partition each time you want to run windows. Not the best way, but it works

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by Koan Me In reply to Dual Boot

Easy to do, my friend. The first (primary) partition of the first HD should be FAT and should be less than 2 GB. (I personally use a smaller one because I don't install any Apps on the C Drive.) This partition is where Win9X should be installed. After Win9X is up and running, install NT on a partition on the 2nd hard drive. (I prefer to use a tiny 8 MB unformated primary partition, and an extended partition with big logical partitions). Feel free to use FAT or NTFS during the NT install (NTFS will NOT be visible when you are booted to Win9X).

In the end, the first partition of the first HD will contain Win9X and also the files that boot WinNT (called the "system partition"). The second HD will contain the actual install of NT (called the "boot partition").

When you boot, WinNT will handle the boot process and give you the option of booting WinNT, WinNT with basic video, or Win9X.

Good Luck!

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