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Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - 10:20 am:   

I'm running WinXP Pro with an 80GB Drive0. In order to get a different disk for backup files, I pulled a 20GB HDD from a previous Win98SE cptr (Drv1). When I tried to boot from Drv1 alone, I got a "No System Disk" error so I SYSed it with a WIN98SE startup disk. When I boot to Drv0 it shows Drv1 as D: with about 6GB worth of programs and utilities which I can access and transfer and a lot of unused space. BUT, when I change the bios to boot from Drv1, I don't get Windows, I get a C: DOS prompt. And a DIR shows only COMMAND.COM and the two SYS files ... no programs and no utilities and nothing from Drv0. And FDISK shows an Active C: of 8MB with a 16GB NON-DOS partition. When I try to reinstall WIN98 in Drv1, I get a normal CHKDSK, but then the installation aborts for insufficient disk space when I know that somewhere on the drive there is an empty 10-12 GB available. It can't be, but it looks like I have two C: drives: a Win C: drive that my XP reads, and a DOS c: drive that controls Drv1.
Can anybody figure out what's going on? And how I get Win98 running on Drv1?

Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - 11:41 pm:   

I ran into something similar a few months ago with a XP Pro disk and a 98se disk. Apparently XP wants a loader setup for dual boot regardless of boot drive selection in bios. The only way I could fix it was to do an over the top reinstall of 98se with the Xp disk removed to fix what XP had done to it. Than I hooked up the XP drive as a slave to the 98se drive and did a reinstall of XP Pro which gave me the option of Dual boot at startup on reinstallation of XP making both drives visible in each OS. You have to be careful with this option and select the correct drive to install XP on. If you don't select the correct drive when presented with the option, you might endup with an overwritten 98se with XP.
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - 11:54 pm:;EN-US;314058
This is the MSKB article on how to use the Recovery Console in XP should you need it. Just highlite the URL copy and paste into your browser as the link seems to drop off a key part when clicking on it directly.

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