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By m.carter ·
Hi Guys

I have a question that I just need confirmed, I think I know the answer but am not 100% sure. I am attempting to dual boot 5 operating systems (Win95/Win98/WinME/WinNT/Win2000) on one 10GB hard drive. I think that I will not be able to dothis because you are only allowed to create four primary partitions, you can create logical partitions but I am sure I am right in think that you are not able to boot from logical partitions. Am I right in thinking that you cannot create five bootable partitions on the one hard drive?

If this is not the case, I would appreciate any tips that you may have to get these five OS working on my 10GB hard drive

Cheers

Martin

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by dmiles In reply to Dual Boot Systems

You are right that you will not be able to boot from a logical partition,all five will show up in the boot menu at startup to choose from.
Make sure that Windows 95/98/ME are in seperate directories.
You will need to use a Fat partition for WINNT to coexist on the drive with the other operating systems.

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by Dr. Dale In reply to Dual Boot Systems

If you want all 5 operating systems to reside in their own partition, you would need two disks and Partition Magic's ability to enable booting from the second disk. But, some of these operating systems can share a partition (e.g., Win9x and WinNT). In fact, most of WinNT and Win2000 can reside on a logical partition. Only the boot strap needs to be located on the primary partition. My recommendation would be to put Windows 95 and Windows NT on the same FAT partition, Windows 98 and Windows 2000on the same partition, and Windows ME on its own partition. Make the fourth partition an extended partition and install the files for NT and 2000 into logical partitions inside this extended partition. That way, you will avoid creating a primary partition that extends beyond the 1024 cylinder boundary.

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