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Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2001 - 9:54 am:   

I already have W2K Pro on my C drive (NTFS). I am wondering if I could Install Win98 (FAT32)onto my D drive partition?
I am not too knowledgeable with dual boot systems and would like to know if there is something that I should do so that when I boot up I have a choice of which OS to boot up?
Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2001 - 11:58 am:   

the best way would have been to install win98 first, then win2k. win98 will not be able to see win2k as you have ntfs. is that ok? if not, then you need to keep win2k as fat 32. re-install with 98 first and then win2k all fat 32 then. you can go up, but you can't go back.
Rob (Robwalk)
Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 - 3:28 am:   

I used a small program called Master Booter ver 3.1 available at zdnet downloads. With this you will need to make your d drive a primary drive (another c drive) and set it as active. You cant do this with fdisk but this app has a goer called efdisk which will allow you to do this.
Once you are able to access your new c drive you can install your new OS. Your old c drive will be invisible until you make it active.
It is imperative that you use this app to make a rescue disk. It will copy your Master Boot record (MBR) so you can revert back to your original settings if you encounter problems. Multi booting from 1 HDD can cause the MBR to become corrupted hence the rescue disk.
Once installed you will be given the option to boot to up to 3 OS's with the demo version and up to 8 with the registered version. The good thing about it is youe extended partitions are accessable from any C drive.

Multi booting is a great idea despite the occassional probs. Good luck and if I can help further let me know.
Posted on Monday, September 17, 2001 - 4:09 pm:   

Just curious. Is it possible to install a Mac OS on a PC?
Posted on Monday, September 24, 2001 - 3:24 pm:   

No. There are file reading, sharing etc. programs out there, but to physically install the Mac OS on your PC, No.

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