hi all i wished to duel boot my comp with win 98se and win xp using partition magic 8 somehow ive mucked it up and i cannot restart my comp when i start comp it says non system disk. ive used the win 98 startup disk to investigate with fdisk to view the partition information and i believe the partition with win 98se on is shown as a non dos partition any help how can i rectify this problem or will i have to reformat the c partition of my hard drive thanks to all
win XP will most likely show as a non dos partition because by default if will use NT File System which isn't recognised by DOS hence the "non dos partition". if it is win98 (unlikely) then you've really screwed it up.
bit of a tip for you, when dual booting on a clean hard disk don't use partition magic or any other 3rd party partioning tool, use fdisk to create two partitions then install win98 first to the primary partition then just boot from your xp cd and install xp to the other partion, reboot then you'll be given an operating system select option.
win98se already installed thought that i would try to have a duel o\s comp with win xp as well but i resized my c drive from 3gb to 4gb to accomadate winxp that was succesful then using pm 8 install another o\s i clicked yes to apply then system rebooted now showing non system disk i do not know why this was but i think i am looking at a reformat but i need to save some info first
Just a thought and I think you can only do this with partition magic. I use the floppy version of partition magic which you can make from the CD version. If you have a floppy version, run this and check which partition is active. It's possible that you have accidentaly set the wrong partition as active. This would produce the result you mention. You must set active the partition which currently contains the healthy OP system for it to boot again.
Reason I suggest Partition magic is because upon detecting one of the partitions to be active you will find that fdisk will not allow you to change this. Partition magic will show you which if any partitions are active and allow you to change this to another drive or partition.