I wish to do a multi-boot with Win98, Win XP & Mandrake 9.1
I know I should install Win 98, then Win XP and not format the rest of the hard drive but let Mandrake sort that out.
The problem is that the HDD is currently formatted in NTFS and has Win XP on it. How do I cleanly reformat the HDD to install 98? Would i be able to start the clean install process using the WinXP disk to reformat but then not install XP, but instead 98 followed by XP?
Also, will win98 recognise the NTFS file structure or will it only work on FAT32?
As Barrie said, you can have to reformat the disk in FAT32 using the Windows XP CD (won't it work with the Windows 98 CD?)
Or... you can resize the current NTFS partition using Partition Magic. Then, allocate a certain amount of disk space to form a FAT32 partition. You can set up Ext2 or Ext3 partitions for Linux but just leave some unpartitioned space and Mandrake will nudge itself nicely into it, forming its own partitions.
Also bear in mind that Linux can resize FAT partitions but it cannot normally resize NTFS partitions.