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Can i have 2 operating systems partitioned on 1 hard drive?

Q: Can i have 2 operating systems partitioned on 1 hard drive?

I have partitioned my hard disk and i want to install xp on one of em and win98 on the other but only one seems to be a bootable partition the other one @extended [email protected] says its not bootable. Or is there an easier way to achieve my goal

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WHOOPSIE Did i do it this time. I have an Ibm think pad that runs windows 2000 professional. But My office runs Xp home edition. I took the xp disk i have for my home computer and installed it on my lap top ( all went down hill after that) I ended up partitioning my drive and now am running 2 operating systems on one computer. and cannot figure out how to delete either of them.

On xp i cannot connect to my network but can do my paper work.
On 2000 prof. I cant do my paper work but can connect to my wireless network.

Help I need to get rid of Xp and get back to 2000 prof.

A:Two operating systems and a partitioned drive

Do a search for the file boot.ini and copy (with notepad) results here, then we can delete either one.
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Can I run both programs off the same hard drive?

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A:How to install Multiple Operating Systems on one hard drive

Windows, what ever version, MUST I repeat MUST always be the 1st OS on the 1st Partition.( Reason, if you load any other OS windows will take over the MBR and you won't see the other OS). If you want two versions of Windows i.e. W2k and XP, then the oldest version must be installed 1st.
If you install Windows then Linux , Linux will offer to partition the drive,( it's usually ok to accept the default setting) and will install a Boot manager.
With two versions of Windows , the last installed version will install the Boot Manager. You will also need to create two Partitions prior to installing the 1st version of Windows.
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A:2 hard drives 2 operating systems.?

Make your backup HDD primary master and problem HDD primary slave. Boot your computer. Windows will take care of your drive letters, so you should have any problem copying the data.
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is it posible to select an OS at start up with the 2 drives??

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A:1 computer, 2 hard drives, 5 operating systems, having problems

Well one way to do what you want is to use a boot manager. There are a bunch listed when I Googled with "partition boot manager"
Using one XP OS for financial will not be enough protection. If you were to get a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) for example they would be able to see and access all the drive letters in the computer.There are ways around that but I went for the simple method in my case.  One method to be secure is use removable drive trays and only have one OS inserted at a time. One OS for financial on its own drive, One Tray for the other OS's. The other way would be to use security software that encrypts the OS drive to be unreadable until you boot it and enter the password, Another possibility would be Virtual Machines holding the OS's.
One nice desktop for everything except for financial use. Then a inexpensive laptop that gets used for online banking, Billpaying, Income tax, Shopping at known good sites such as Amazon, Newegg, Tigerdirect and clothing/shoes. No Email, No surfing the web. Nothing else. I pull it out twice a month Bank, pay bills, Make an order, if needed, Then I shut it down and put it away again.
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A:Dual Operating Systems on 2 separate hard disks

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Doesn't it work if you just install it normally?

The textmode setup should ask you where to install 2003 and/or to create partitions. Depending on your computer it might have some problems with the 200 GB drive, as it is over 137 GB and therefore would require 48-bit addressing support, but if you just create a small partition in the beginning of the drive it shouldn't be a problem.
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A:Two Operating Systems, One Drive

.Prodigy.: Please see the following link for information on changing the boot option by configuring the boot.ini.How to edit the Boot.ini file in Windows XPFrom the link above...Edit the Boot.ini FileTo view and edit the Boot.ini file:1. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.-or-Click Start, click Run, type sysdm.cpl, and then click OK.2. On the Advanced tab, click Settings under Startup and Recovery.3. Under System Startup, click Edit.Another link with additional info. Additional information and help with the boot.ini.Hope that helps,
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A:One Computer Using 2 Different Operating Systems On 2 Different Drive

Yes, however if the old Dell XP is an OEM version (almost all OS supplied with a PC from a PC Vendor is an OEM version), the OEM version is only legally licensed for the PC it was delivered with.

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A:[SOLVED] 2 operating systems on c drive .

and welcome to the Forum

If you did a "Custom Installation" . . the files from the XP installation will be in a folder on the C drive named windows.old . . once you are sure you have saved the files you cherish, that folder can be deleted
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A:can operating systems be put on different partitions of the same drive?


Originally Posted by haskellbob

Is it possible to partition a hard drive and install Windows on more than one partition - even if so, which partition does the computer use to boot up then?

There's no way to specify a PARTITION of a hard drive in the BIOS - Boot Sequence. Is there?


Are you trying to create a 'dual boot'?

If so, then yes you can install the O/S in a separate partition.
When the computer boots up you will be given the choice of which system to boot from....the 'normal' first O/S boot is from the C: Drive.

Having said that, you may encounter problems with the EULA and validation, as Windows? might consider that as the O/S is already installed on one partition; the second 'installation' would be regarded as a "rogue" or "counterfeit" operation.
This would have to be clarified with your local Microsoft? Support Office by telephone.
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Hopefully I haven't complicated the issue too much for you.

Please clarify your intentions, as there may be another explanation as well.

Kind Regards,
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A:having 2 windows7 operating systems in same drive

Oh dear, thats a bit of a charlie foxtrot.

Perhaps its better to start again? Follow this exactly, and you cannot go wrong:

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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A:Partitioned Hard Drive

System manufacturer and model?

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A:Partitioned 1Tb Hard Drive and 2 OS.

It should be possible to do this.  However I have to admit I haven't set up a dual boot system on one disk since Windows 7 era.  It could be there are some extra complications.  One of which is that Windows 10 seems to create more partitions for itself than older versions of Windows (I have 4).  If Windows 10 is 32bit, then the disk will be in MBR rather than GPT format.  You can check this in Disk Management.  In Disk Management, right click the drive and choose "Properties" and choose the "Volumes" tab.

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A:Partitioned laptop hard drive

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Hi... welcome to TSG
I have tried moving programs from C to D, but I don't know if I am doing it right, because it just looks like it is copying them over to D instead of moving them thereClick to expand...

If it copies it onto your D drive, then why not simply delete the original from the C: drive?

if you drag and drop to another drive, windows will (by default) copy it there. if you want it to simply move it wthout cpoying it, then use your right-mouse button and use the cut/paste commands. when you use the cut command, it still copies it but it will automatically delete afterwards

by the way... while there is no problem moving files.... in most cases you cannot copy a program over to another drive. you will have to uninstall it and reinstal onto the D: drive

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A:Hard drive maybe partitioned inefficiently

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A:32 bit or 64 bit version on a partitioned hard drive

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A:32 bit or 64 bit version on a partitioned hard drive

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's app the first day you had your new PC.& made the Startup Repair CD.

IMO, I would go with 64 bit.

For MS Office may/may not have problems with all three installed in one OS.
You may like to post in
Microsoft Office - Windows 7 Forums

Do make your Recovery Disks.
How to use Toshiba Recovery.
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A:hard drive is not partitioned how do I partition it?

what happens if you continue?

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A:Question about partitioned hard drive

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savy118, welcome to the Seven Forums.

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A:partially partitioned hard drive

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A:Partitioning a single partitioned Hard drive

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A:Partitioned Hard drive formatting question

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A:Partitioned a new hard drive: Getting bootmgr is missing

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A:Transferring files in partitioned hard drive

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A:Installing old partitioned hard drive in another computer

Win98 won't recognize an NTFS partition without having a NTFS driver installed. I've used NTFS for Win98 from Sysinternals, but when Microsoft bought them they pulled it. However, this site seems to have that program. I haven't tried it myself to confirm it's the same version.

Avira NTFS4DOS Personal might be another option.


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A:Partitioned Hard drive - can only see part of drive

Create an extended partition in the unallocated space.
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A:Recover Data from Faulty Hard Drive thats been partitioned

As long as the 3 partitions where not over-written by "Knowhow" the data should all be intact and readable to the extent that the drive is readable..

when you get your old HDD back - purchase a HDD to USB external adapter - and you should be able to access the data..
to copy it over to another HDD > that is what they are going to do..
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I have tries error check, virus scanning with ESET anti-virus, CCleaner and there are no hidden files or folders

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A:Partitioned hard drive is giving the wrong info

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A:Create OS image only for re installation from Partitioned Hard drive

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management for the laptop in question.

The old laptop presumably had a "recovery' partition, which allows restoration to factory specifications---not to be confused with a clean install of Windows. As far as I know, the use of a recovery partition does not require the user to enter a Product Key.

If the laptop in question does not have such a partition and you do not have burned or purchased recovery disks, you may be forced to do a true clean install. You can easily download and burn a clean installation disc.

Why is your Product Key not available?

You can of course make an image of any current installation and later restore it, but I assume you are looking for some other method? An image restoration from an image file is not a clean installation either.
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A:WD Internal Hard Drive (Partitioned) showing 'Directory Corrupted'

Have you tried checking the wiring to that HDD? Perhaps something is loose, maybe the wire is damaged, does it make any weird sounds like grinding, clicking, whirring or something that doesn't sound right?

Before giving up always check to make sure that it's not something else that is causing the problem such as wiring

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Welcome to TSF!!!


I am going to move your thread to the Windows XP forum. The folks over there will have a better idea how to set you system up and the like.

Hope everything goes well for you.
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A:Switching hard drive and install between systems

Hey there Mats Effect

Not sure about overseas, but here in the US we have OEM and Retail versions of MS licensing for consumers.

OEM is what most folks end up with - You will see the sticker on the computer case, it has the Windows Key on it, and if you try and peel the sticker off it will *void the warranty*. OEM is licensed to stay with the 'computer' the sticker is on till the computer dies. Then the license is dead too. OEM is Non Transfereable in the USA. I imagine it's the same everywhere, but you should check.

Retail - That is a full price full working version of Windows that can go *Anywhere* and is good till the version is "End Of Life".

Upgrade - the grey area...

Which version do you have?

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A:Systems error with cloned hard drive.

I used the clone option and it finished successfully.  All the original files appear to be there.
Does this mean that the is no problem now?
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What's on this hard drive? Windows? Just personal data like pictures or mp3s?

What are you trying to do?
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A:will any brand hard drive work on dell desktop systems

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A:Transferring all files from one portion to another portion of partitioned hard drive

If you have not loaded a lot of programs yet ,
I suggest the easiest way is reload the xp to the 2nd partition
that will get you dual boot.
as you add programs ghost them to the 2nd OS
the copying of the other drive is little simpler
get seagate harddrive utility connect up the 2nd drive as slave
copy to the drive letter of your 2nd partition
no OS is running on 2nd drive you should be OK
ps watch out on startup XP may not like the file struction of this drive get ready to abort chkdsk ,you don't want this to run
as the other drive is probubly DOS file system

Please read!!!!
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A:frequent operating of hard drive

Any number of causes, from AV/malware, software reading/writing, or the Windows Indexing service.