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Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2000 - 3:24 pm:   

What I have:
5Gb hard drive partitioned into C,D and E, all FAT16, and Win95 version B on drive C. My Win95 is extremely unstable and needs reinstallation.
What I would like:
Win98 SE Upgrade on C as my main operating system and Win95 on D to test out new software before installing on C.

Firstly, is this possible? I have System Commander Lite which will allow me to dual-boot, but its documentation is too technical for me in most places. It says that Win9x must boot from a "primary partition on the first physical drive". Can both C and D be primary partitions?

Secondly, how do I go about doing it? I think that I have to do some or all of the following steps, but am unsure of the best order:
- delete Win95, format C and reinstall Win95 and the Win98 Upgrade on C
- convert C to FAT32 using the Win98 FAT conversion utility
- install Win95 on D
- install System Commander Lite to allow me to dual-boot

I would really appreciate advice on this.
Thanks a million
Danny Albers (Danny)
Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2000 - 9:31 pm:   

There can be only one primary partition per drive, and that gets assigned as C:

There is then the extended partition, which is a seperate partition from the primary, and can only be setup once the primary drive is created. The extended partition usually takes up the rest of the drive, but is not usuable yet.

The extended partition can then be broken up into many many logical drives. These logical drives then get assigned drive letters.

If you have two hard drives, each with 1 primary partition, and one extended partition which has two logical partitions, your drive letters will end up this way.

C: will be primary partition on the primary master cable of your computer.
D: will be the primary partition on your second drive
E: will be the first logical partition on the first drive
F: will be the second logical partition on the first drive
G: will be the first logical partition on the second drive
H: will be the second logical partition on the second drive.

The primary partition on the master, or first drive, (which is sometimes called drive 0) must be set to active, to make it a bootable drive. Of course you must also sys the drive in some way to make the computer boot from it too.

That concludes my lesson on hard drive lettering in a DOS or Windows 9x environment. Hope this helps you decifer the rest of your manual.

If you are still stuck, try select-it, its what I use, and I like it alot.

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