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win98/winxp dual boot


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I am ready to partition and install win98/winxp for a dual boot. my hdd is 250 G. What size partition should I allow for each? I will be installing most programs to run w/ xp. I will use 98 for installing wordprocessing and spreadsheets in order to use a laser printer that does not have a driver for xp (already researched that - no go). I will create another partition for file storage only. What is the reason an extended partition would be created?

i understand i have to install win98 1st, that would be the C drive; winxp would be the E drive and my storage the F drive. Do i used FAT 32 on all drives or can the xp be NTFS?
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For windows 98 you need to use fat32, for windows xp you need to use ntfs. For the storage drive it's up to you, ntfs is better but you wont be able to access any files on it from your win98 since win98 can't read ntfs files.

As for the size of the partitions, I would use 10gb for the win98 drive, 40gb for the xp drive and 200 for the storage. That's what i would do anyways, it's up you on how much you really will be storing on the win98 and winxp drives.
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thank for clarifying that for me. have any answers for the other questions.
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Extended partitions are used if you are going to have more than 4 volumes (aka partitions) on the drive.
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i understand that, but why would you need more than that? another question, c drive crashes, are the other drives readable? thanx.
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that would depend on whether or not the whole hard drive has gone bad or just the sectors in the c drive partition.
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still, why would you need more than 4 volumes on a drive??

I also have a 8G HDD that I stored files on that I am having a problem accessing (this was on my old system running win98)(i have another post out there regarding this). I put it in another winxp system, Computer managment sees the drive as disk 1, fat32, healthy (active), no volume, one partition. my computer sees the disk as local disk e:. when i click on that, the error is e:\ is not accessible. the parameter is incorrect. I need to know how to access this drive to get my files.

thanks for responding.
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At one time, you partitioned to reduce wasted space...larger drives under fat32 required larger clusters, resulting in wasted space.

Now, it is more organizational--some people like to organize their drives by using partitions and folders, rather than folders.

In your previous thread, I suggested several utilities to try and recover your files....did you try them?
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sorry, gerry, didn't see anything from you in previous thread. could you relay again? thanks
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thanks everyone for your responses. i have finally set up my system, win98se/xp dual boot. the hard drive i could not read is readable in BOTH os!!! HALLELUJAH. Now i have to get win 98 to read cd rom. any ideas??
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