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Dual Boot Win 2k and Win XP

By rexroman ·
I had Windows Xp Installed on my machine. Needed to dual boot Win 2k. So I create 60 gb partition (the rest 190GB is for Win xp with lots of data) for just that with partition magic. Install Windows 2k. Windows 2k works just fine, however I can not see the other partition...or the old data obviously. Also during the boot there is no choice of operating system. New partition is named C..which was the old name of Xp partition. I'm also sure that I have not overwritten old data with xp or formatted the drive...Need to be able to make xp boot again with all my old data.

Thanks.

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by Jim_P In reply to Dual Boot Win 2k and Win ...

Have you looked in Disk Management? Can you see any partitions in there? If you look at the properties of your Win2000 volume, how much disk space do you have left?
Also, I would be inclined to install Windows 2000 first then XP. But I can't really see why you can't do it the other way around.
Let us know how you go.

Cheers,
Jim

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by rexroman In reply to Dual Boot Win 2k and Win ...

I can only see C and thats 60 GB..54.8 GB Free. I had to do it that way because I couldn't format my drive.

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by wcp In reply to Dual Boot Win 2k and Win ...

You must have Windows 2K with SP2 or earlier, which only supports up to 137GB.
When you installed Windows 2K, it saw 60GB and the rest which in this case 77GB. Because your Windows XP was actually in the 2nd partition of size 190GB, Windows 2K ignored the whole partition and recognized only portion of it with unallocated status. As far as Windows 2K concerned, there was NOT a Windows installed. So it assigned 60GB partition to C: and installed it there.
Installing SP3 or SP4 will let Windows 2K to see the whole HD but not the partition with XP in it. The rest will still be unallocated.

To be able to retrieve your XP data, I recommend you to delete the C: partition using Partition Magic and pretty much go back to what it was before
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You nay have to run FDISK/mbr from Windows 98 Startup disk if Windows XP does not boot.

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by wcp In reply to

Ignore the Answer 3. It was an unintended double post.

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by wcp In reply to

Whatever you do, don't you ever format the free 54.8GB!

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by wcp In reply to Dual Boot Win 2k and Win ...

You must have Windows 2K with SP2 or earlier, which only supports up to 137GB.
When you installed Windows 2K, it saw 60GB and the rest which in this case 77GB. Because your Windows XP was actually in the 2nd partition of size 190GB, Windows 2K ignored the whole partition and recognized only portion of it with unallocated status. As far as Windows 2K concerned, there was NOT a Windows installed. So it assigned 60GB partition to C: and installed it there.
Installing SP3 or SP4 will let Windows 2K to see the whole HD but not the partition with XP in it. The rest will still be unallocated.

To be able to retrieve your XP data, I recommend you to delete the C: partition using Partition Magic and pretty much go back to what it was before
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You nay have to run FDISK/mbr from Windows 98 Startup disk if Windows XP does not boot.

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by shuja52 In reply to Dual Boot Win 2k and Win ...

At this stage any action on the same system is not recommandable, instead remove the Hard Disk, install it as secondary HDD on any system having Windows XP as OS and recover your data first and then re-install Windows 2000 and Windows XP respectively in sequence on your Hard Disk.

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by cmiller5400 In reply to Dual Boot Win 2k and Win ...

I agree with shuja52, if the data is critical, place the HDD in another working machine and get the data backed up. Any more "fixing" may lead to data loss.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Dual Boot Win 2k and Win ...

When you fit the drive to another computer you may need to Take Ownership of the data so to do that follow the directions here

http://tinyurl.com/3aw7

If you have encrypted the data you'll also need to recover the encryption Keys and you can do that by following the directions here

http://tinyurl.com/orpmf
Now once you recover the data you'll need to remember Always Make a Backup Before Making Any Major System Changes! This is really important as it's possible that Partition Magic changed the place of the Partition around and you have the XP Partition with the Root Files to Boot XP on the D Partition that Y2K can not see.

Col

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