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By wenyahu ·
I read a NT workstation 4 book. It say that you boot NT from the system partition and run the OS from boot partition. If I install NT, How many space should I give to system partition? Is all files go into system partition when I install NT? What kind of files will be in system partition and boot partition?

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by SyscoKid In reply to partition size

The system partition refers to the disk volume containing hardware specific files needed to boot Windows NT (NTLDR, BOOT.INI, and so on). On Intel x86-based machines, it must be a primary partition that has been marked active. On x86 machines, this is always drive 0, the drive the system BIOS searches during system boot for the operating system.

The boot partition contains the Windows NT operating system files (usually \WINNT) and its support files (usually \WINNT\SYSTEM32). It can be the same partition as the system partition.

A standard NT installation requires 124 MB for both the system and boot partitions. The system partition can be quite small, then, if you want. The system partition has a practical limit of 4 GB, though itis possbile to have a system partion of 8 GB. A common standard is 2 GB.

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by CrisisBleeds In reply to partition size

One important note that you should be aware of is that you should not create a partition bigger than 7.84 GB. If it is bigger, then sometime down the road your boot files may get moved beyond the 7.84 barrier at which point your system will no longer boot.

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