I am going to partition 2 hd's and install xp on the first, as a dual boot with win98 and have data on the 2nd. Can any one tell me how long th trial is with the above products and in particular what happens with partion magic if i want to take it off as i assum that if I use it it would not be easy to uninstall if I had a dual boot HD created by it. Help please. Cheers
Can't you move all your data from your 1st HDD onto your 2nd first? Then you could install XP on the first.You can do that without Partition Magic although PM/BM does make life simpler as I don't trust the Windows bootloader
Sorry nessie, you've got to do some reading on this so that you can understand what you're being told. The click here under dualbooting in your original thread from AL.D tells you how to do it without Partition Magic.If you can't get your head around it then you're going to run into problems.
So, as a work around, why don't you put all your data that you need from the second hard drive, on to the first. Then, partition and format the second to taste.
However many partitions you decide upon, will determine their drive letters, BUT, the way Windows works, the FIRST partition on your SECOND hard drive, will always be "D" at the partitioning stage. (It can be reassigned a different letter later in XP if desired).
Now install XP to "D" and it will automatically create a dual boot capability, providing you follow the instructions during installation.
Personally, I have not found any problem with using the Windows default boot loader. It's not very pretty, but works efficiently in most cases. Once you know your way around the syntax, it's also easy to modify in the future.
If you are unsure how to partition and format in DOS, click here