Re: Can I have two O/S's and two harddrives???

Re: Can I have two O/S's and two harddrives???

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Posted by JohnP on September 26, 2001 at 15:16:37:

In Reply to: Can I have two O/S's and two harddrives??? posted by Chris on September 21, 2001 at 17:26:20:

Sure, why not ?
You can put the two OSs on one drive or across two.

You will need a dual boot or boot manager to provide the start-up vector to BIOS. And BIOS does limit the vector addressing to the first 1023 cylinders (of either drive).

Microsoft in its wisdom decided that Win98 and WinME (as well as DOS, Win95) would reside entirely in a primary partition ("C: drive") but most BMs will make the primary partitions not being accessed inactive and hidden from the current "C: drive". A common data area as a logical drive might be useful (D: drive - FAT32 ?)

You can have up to 4 primary partitions (eg. 4 OSs) per drive. By converting one primary partition to an extended partition, additional logical drives can be created, data, multiple Linuxes and OS/2 can reside on these, as well as (I understand) NT4, all with the 1023 cylinder proviso as stated.

: Kind of new at this. I have a 20G HD with Windows ME. Want to add anothet 20G HD and install Windows 98. If I do this how will the PC know which O/S to boot?? Or can I just partition my existing HD and install Windows 98 that way? Any help would be greatly appreciated....
: Thanx in advance

: Chris

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