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Shrinking primary partition on dual-boot

By Cazen ·
My current config is as follows:

Primary partition - drive C
2GB FAT32 with Win98se installed
Extended partition containing
logical drive D - 2 GB NTFS
with Win2k Pro installed
Logical drive E - 5.5 GB FAT32
Data storage partition.

Win2Kis my primary environment and I've gotten down to 320 MB free space. I would like to delete win98se from the primary partition and use Presizer to shrink the partition. Then grow the extended partition and logical drive D to give me space I need. Question is - What files MUST be left intact for the NT boot loader to function correctly? And has anyone ever done this before? I've done some similar setups before, but this sounds risky even to me. I can reinstall everything clean - but damnit, I just got everything back the way I like it. :) Bill

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to Shrinking primary partiti ...

Hi,

I believe that the only files you want to preserve are...

boot.ini
ntdetect.com
ntldr

but aside from the Win98 page file, the others in the root directory (assuming you've not filled it with rubbish) are small and total less than 1Mb - thats going to be pretty much the minimum size for the partition, anyway.

You could leave all the C root files in place to be safest.

What you're about to do sounds interesting... good for a laugh even, but I'd be re-installing from scratchmyself!

Hey, how about this for an idea? **** away all the files in your win98 partition (apart from the boot ones in the root directory, obviously), then copy the whole win2k installation from the other partition into the C:

Then alter theboot.ini to point at the new partition number.

Finally re-letter your drives so that C: becomes (so you dont stuff anything up that hardcoded into its installation.

That way you only need to expand the current partition into the space held by the "old" win2k installation, rather than shrink first leaving a small, dodgy partition...

You sound like the kind of guy who doesn't mind experimenting a bit... :-)

Cheers,
Tim.

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to Shrinking primary partiti ...

And thinking a little more on that, just to be safe here are some steps you might use...

Boot to 98
Copy entire Win2K installation to say c:\win2k
(It'll be a clean copy that way)
Boot to Win2k
**** away the win98 files (apart from the boot ones)
Rename the contents of c:\win2k up to the root
Alter the boot.ini to have two distinct win2k boots
Test the new version....
If it works **** away the other win2k installation and rename the partition letters.
Done.

Then use your partitioning tools to alter the sizes of the first partition to be how you want it...

Cheers,
Tim.

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by Cazen In reply to Shrinking primary partiti ...

Well - It's not possible (with what I got) to copy the win2k stuff from win98 because win98 can't read ntfs. And I can't copy the win2k stuff while in win2k because files in use are locked. I did manage to delete everything unnecessary fromthe C: partition and shrink it to 750MB (never hurts to have a fail safe fat partition) and expand the extended partition to occupy the empty space. HOWEVER - you can't resize ntfs partitions with presizer (or anything else I could find.) The only alternative left right now is to map the unused space in the extended partition to a folder or drive letter. Now if I can only figure out how this helps me.? :)
Cheers,
Bill

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by curlergirl In reply to Shrinking primary partiti ...

You'd be pretty safe deleting all of the files in the Windows directory and subdirectories on your FAT32 partition, unless you are sharing applications between the two operating systems. If so, that might be a problem, you might have to reinstall applications after changing your partition size. Other than that, however, if you leave the files in the root of the C: drive intact, you should be fine. Win2K actually is controlling the booting of your system anyway. Just be sure to remove the references to the Win98 install in the Win2K boot.ini, too, so you won't get confused. Hope this helps!

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