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Dual boot 98/2K has funny dir structure

By Scott Horvath ·
Like many people, I can't tell you how many times I've installed Win98, Win2k and Win98/Win2K systems but I just ran into a new roadblock.
I have a machine with Win98 on C (Fat32-4GB) and installed Win2K on drive D (Fat32-4BG) that was partitionedwith Partition Magic 4 about 6 months ago. The win98 works just fine but the file structure on the Win2K is very strange. In explorer it "mixes" the directories with the files. This happens with all types of sorts (type, name, size, etc) and most programs will not install on the system and say this or that file can not be found or replaced. The worst part is that I have had Win2K on this system before (after I had partitioned with PM 4 to Fat32). any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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by pikikoko In reply to Dual boot 98/2K has funny ...

Well well this happen to me also. This is what I found out and how I fixed it.
When SC boots up you select the OS. That OS will always be on the "C" drive. The second OS will show up as the "D" drive. You have no control over this. Therefore each time you boot up the window explorer will show you the files structured in this manner. I tried everything to keep the files organized but nothing worked except keeping programs loaded in the same drive as the OS. If you can't locate a program go into each OS regestry and you will find it listed. It will show the Drive location for the progam. I found that I uninstalled the programs then went into the registery to delete it. Then I reinstalled the software and file. If you have two hard drives, the second drive-not the drive the OS is installed will always show up as the "D" drive. This is confusing. It doesn't matter on the partitions on drive 0, if you boot on drive 0 then the first partition on the second HD i.e. 1 will be listed as "D". Lets say all your OSs are located on drive 0 then now matter which OS you boot up into, the first partition on drive 1 will be dirve "D".
This is something to do with the architecture. Once you see how this works it is easy to live with.
Good Luck

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by Scott Horvath In reply to Dual boot 98/2K has funny ...

I guess that I should have added that I didn't use system commander (SC) and that its just a standard dual-boot configuration. I was wondering if it was perhaps a problem with the way PM4 formated the drive, after some concideration I may have resized the drives recently

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by Scott Horvath In reply to Dual boot 98/2K has funny ...

I guess that I should have added that I didn't use system commander (SC) and that its just a standard dual-boot configuration. I was wondering if it was perhaps a problem with the way PM4 formated the drive, after some concideration I may have resized the drives recently

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by Macgyver.Hicks In reply to Dual boot 98/2K has funny ...

Hi Scott,
I use PM 5.0 for my partitions and I have a friend who uses 4.0. Both came with a utility program called Boot Magic. It will help you with the boot problems.
As for the Win2k, you might want to think about a FAT(16) or NTFS format. PM 4.0 can do the formatting for you. There is a "Convert" option for the file system. In PM, right click on the Win2k partition and scroll down to the "Convert" option. It should show FAT32 to FAT, click it. PM should do the conversion without deleting the OS or files. If you want to go to NTFS, PM can convert FAT to NTFS with the same steps.
Hope this helps

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