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Old February 11th, 2004, 09:45 PM
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Appreciate some assistance.
Have a friend's PC running W2000PRO.

He has another hard drive on which W98SE is installed, and would like to add this hard drive to the PC and dual boot.

The W2000PRO hard drive is is NTFS; the W98SE hard drive is FAT32.

Do not wish to overwrite the C:\BOOT.INI file on the W98SE hard drive.

How does one go about setting up this dual boot situation?

Can this be done without third party Boot Management software?

Is there a good website that provides some guidance?

Thanks in advance for the help.
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Old February 12th, 2004, 01:11 AM
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here is a guide for you.
http://www.duxcw.com/digest/Howto/so.../windows/dual/
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Old February 12th, 2004, 01:15 AM
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Thank you for the reply.

The thing that concerns me is that W98SE and W2000PRO are already installed in separate hard drives.

The guidance on the link does not seem to address that situation (will not be installing an OS, it is already on the HDD), or am I missing something?

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Old February 12th, 2004, 01:22 AM
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It can be done without third party boot management software, but boot.ini (as well as a few other files required to load WIN2K) will have to be written to the 98SE hard drive.

Since the WIN2K hard drive is formatted NTFS, Doug Knox's Repairing the Windows XP Boot Loader (which should also work for WIN2K, as they're both NT-based operating systems) can't be utilized for your friend to put the WIN98 disk in as a secondary drive. Whether your friend can hook up the WIN98 drive as Primary drive and then run the boot loader repair mentioned above and have it work when C drive is WIN98 vs. 2K, I don't know as I've never tried it.

Another option, which also involves hooking up the WIN98 drive as Primary drive, is to do a "repair install" of WIN2K, using the second repair option (not the initial R for Recovery Console repair option) after hooking up WIN98 as Primary and WIN2K as Secondary.

Also, if your friend's computer's BIOS supports booting from a hard drive other than Primary hard drive (will see HDD-0, HDD-1, etc. or IDE-0, IDE-1, etc., available as boot devices), he could possibly utilize that to boot into either operating system.......of course that would mean entering BIOS Setup and altering the order of boot device each time he wants to boot into the alternate operating system. Utilizing this method, boot.ini, etc., won't be written to the WIN98 hard drive.
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Old February 12th, 2004, 06:15 PM
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Thanks for the reply.
On this: "Another option, which also involves hooking up the WIN98 drive as Primary drive, is to do a "repair install" of WIN2K, using the second repair option (not the initial R for Recovery Console repair option) after hooking up WIN98 as Primary and WIN2K as Secondary"

W98SE as Primary drive would be fine. Do have some questions, though:

Q#1 If the 'Repair' is done on the 2000 PRO hard drive, would all the drivers and programs need reinstalling?

Q#2 What is the sequence: hook up W98SE as Master on Primary IDE, hook up 2000PRO as Master on Secondary IDE? The PC would boot to W98SE, then do a Repair on 2000 PRO?

Q#3 How would he boot from either the W2000PRO or the W98SE hard drive after doing all of the above? Wouldn't 2000 PRO HDD shows up as D:\????

Sure appreciate the help.
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Old February 12th, 2004, 08:18 PM
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1. Most likely not, though you should always leave room for "Murphy's Law", so ensure that your friend has drivers, etc., backed up on removable media. Have a look at What an In-Place Windows 2000 Upgrade Changes and What It Does Not Change. Your friend would have to reinstall any Windows updates and service packs that he had previously installed, plus upgrade IE if he upgraded it in the past and wants to keep the upgraded version.

2. Hook the drives up as you mentioned, then see if WIN98 boots up okay...although WIN9x doesn't have as many "issues" with being placed in a new hardware environment as WIN-NT based operating systems, but it would be a good idea to check this out and troubleshoot any problems first before dealing with 2K. If everything is okay with 98, boot from the 2K install CD and perform the "repair" install.

3. After doing the "repair" install of 2K, the bootloader files are placed on the first partition of the Primary drive, and are updated to reflect the dual-boot scenario. A bootloader menu will appear shortly after startup/restart that offers the option of booting into Windows 2000 Professional or Windows. Yes, 2K will probably show up as Drive D.

Not having set up a dual boot configuration in this manner (i.e., adding a drive that was previously in another computer), I cannot predict exactly what is going to happen, in regards to the drive letter designation for the seconary drive, due to the fact that both drives, in their separate computers, are Drive C.

Yes, there is always a potential risk that things won't go exactly as one "pictures" when attempting something like this. If your friend has data that he would be loathe to lose, I would HIGHLY recommend that he backup this data before attempting this procedure.
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Words of wisdom:
"...there is always a potential risk that things won't go exactly as one "pictures" when attempting something like this."

2000 PRO just froze. Had to reinstall.

Ended up using a caddy and two racks. Works just fine.
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Old February 18th, 2004, 04:59 AM
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"...there is always a potential risk that things won't go exactly as one "pictures" when attempting something like this."
From personal experience

Does your friend now have the dual boot set up without having to use the caddy in addition to the two racks?
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Old February 19th, 2004, 03:37 AM
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Thanks for the reply.

What he ended up with was a rack with two trays. Each tray has a HDD with an OS.

He is from South America, and one of the HDDs has a Spanish version of the OS. Trying to configure that one was fun and games!

He is a happy camper. ;-)
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