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Kapil Goondli

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dual os install
« on: August 02, 2005, 07:50:59 PM »
I want to install a new 200GB primary with C,D,E,F,G partitions. The secondary HD will have J,K,L,M partitions.

    Win2K goes on C and then J (which is used to mirror everything on the primary HD).

     My question: How to put Win2K on J without it being changed to D.  My past experience is that the OS automatically labels the second OS install partition "D"
and won't allow the letter to be changed.
Unlike WinNT4 which did allow such change.

      Would this approach work:
1. Install primary and secondary HDs with OS on C.

2. Partition secondary HD as J,K,L,M.

3. Remove primary HD and install OS on
secondary J (now connected as a primary).

4. Reinstall primary.  Will drive J retain that letter?

merlin_2

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Re: dual os install
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2005, 08:00:41 PM »

Kapil Goondli

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Re: dual os install
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2005, 08:50:18 PM »
The OS on the primary HD would in C:.  My
question is: if I label the first partition on the second HD
"J:" will Win2K INSIST on changing it to "D:"?

     This happened before when I had connected both primary
and secondary at the same time.  Now I'm going to install the
OS on each drive SEPARATELY -- by installing only one drive at
a time as a primary.

     The question is what happens when both primary and
secondary HD are installed.  I think there are a couple of
options:
1. First label the secondary J,K,L and try to install OS on
   J.  The secondary might be running solo.  Don't know if
   Win2K will accept this.

2. Have both primary and secondary installed.  Create J,K
   then install OS from the primary to J.

     I can struggle thru this on a trial and error basis,
but was hoping that someone in your group might have already
done a similar procedure and would know the best way to
handle this.

merlin_2

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Re: dual os install
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2005, 08:57:57 PM »
so what is the other operating as you posted dual boot


all i have  see so far is partitons.......of which no  gigabyte space is listed!

Mac

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Re: dual os install
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2005, 06:07:01 AM »
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I want to install a new 200GB primary with C,D,E,F,G partitions. The secondary HD will have J,K,L,M partitions.

     Win2K goes on C and then J (which is used to mirror everything on the primary HD).

      My question: How to put Win2K on J without it being changed to D.  My past experience is that the OS automatically labels the second OS install partition "D"
and won't allow the letter to be changed.
Unlike WinNT4 which did allow such change.

       Would this approach work:
1. Install primary and secondary HDs with OS on C.

2. Partition secondary HD as J,K,L,M.

3. Remove primary HD and install OS on
secondary J (now connected as a primary).

4. Reinstall primary.  Will drive J retain that letter?


Hello Kapil,

You don't mention the size of the second hard drive. Fdisk usually only allows for four partitions including the primary on each physical drive. If you really want more I would use BootIT NG as a Boot Manager.

If you set up the two drives together then C: will be a primary and all other drives following will be Logical drives in the Extended DOS partition. This is the only way to keep the drive letters in alphabetical sequence.

I have XP in a dual boot arangement, as you can see, with one OS installed on Primary C: and the second OS installed on a logical drive.

I would say that it doesn't matter which logical drive you install the second copy to.

When you boot you should see the choice of two operating systems. Mine are obviously English or French your may show as Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 (1) I really don't know.

I have just tried out Windows Server 2003 by installing it to a folder on drive F: with no change in drive letter, so if you do get a change in drive letter try installing to a 2000 Folder, on what you have now planned to be drive J:

If you need drive imaging programs TeraByte Unlimited have Image for Windows and Image for DOS, as well as BootIT NG which comes together with a Partition Resizer, and the price is very reasonable for what I consider to be four excellent programs which have never let me down to date.