<CT> Re: big drive/dual boot?

  • From: "Martin B. Brilliant" <mbrilliant@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: calmira_tips@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 06 Apr 2002 22:53:35 -0500

On Fri, 05 Apr 2002 09:47:07 -0800, Al Hall <alhall@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I'm currently running Win 3.11 with three drives configured as 6
> logical drives. What I'd like to do is ... configure a 20gig with 6
> 2gig Win3.1 partitions and ...

I just painted myself into a corner doing something like that. I had 
Windows 98SE and Windows NT 4.0 in separate primary partitions, dual-
booted using PowerQuest's Boot Magic, on a 6GB IDE drive as the boot 
drive and a 9GB SCSI drive (using a SCSI-2 adapter with no BIOS) for 
additional logical drives. I figured I could make better use of 
PowerQuest's tools by copying everything to one 20GB IDE drive.

Well, everything ran fine until I had a bit of trouble with the Win 
NT setup, and tried to reinstall from the CD. The NT install program 
said "one or more of my drives" had more than 1024 cylinders -- which 
it has, even with LBA (logical block addressing), and then it told me 
all the partitions on my drive were either unknown, unformatted or 
damaged, or free space. There is no way I can use the install program 
on the CD to either reinstall or repair the Windows NT system, unless 
I go back to the previous hard drive configuration. The BIOS on my 
system is recent enough so it has no problem with the big drive, but 
I guess the NT install program doesn't rely on the BIOS.

I have no experience with XOSL. I took a quick look at the website, 
and it seems to be doing about what Boot Magic does. However, Boot 
Magic only installs in an existing primary partition, never in its 
own dedicated partition, while XOSL can do either.

Martin B. Brilliant at home in Holmdel, NJ
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