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hard to say, windows 98 needs to be on the first primary partition. You can make the partition and copy the files over, whether or not 98 will work after is another question
Make your 2GB partition on your new hdd. Make it exactly the same size as the old then you should be able to use dd to copy the old partition to the new. Then write a lilo configuration file to boot that partition and use
lilo -C /new/configfile
to install it.
I think I'm right in saying that lilo doesn't need that configuration file once it has been installed. Of course if your going to install linux on another partition on that hdd then you can let that distros install program take care of the bootloader. If your are going to run that hdd as slave or secondary master then you can edit your normal bootloaders config file to boot 98 on the second hdd.
I haven't tried this, its just a theoretical solution. Back up ALL important data before starting
Use Mandrakes partitioning tool to create your partition. once you create the partition, the same number of blocks as the original then format it fat16 then do
dd if=/dev/hdb1 of=/dev/hdc1
where /dev/hda1 is the location of the exisitng 2 GB partition and /dev/hdc1 is the location of the new partition. Use dd rather than cp or some windows utlity to make sure all file inc. hidden system ones are copied
But please back up all your important data, don't rely on that one image for saving your files on. or at least mount the image using the loopback option and check everything is allright, then back that image up before manipulating it.
By the way I use the same technique to backup my system partition, so if I seriously break linux, during a kernel upgrade or similar I can restore my system from that image
glad to be of help, when using dd remember to make the image file from the partition (/dev/hdX1) not the hdd (/dev/hdX) because you will be writing that file to a partition later on and not a whole HDD, I'm sure I didn't need to say this, but just wanted to make myself clear to avoid any misunderstandings.
My knowledge of the architecture and structure of HDDs is somewhat limited, you may have to format the partition fat16 before copying the image to have the necessary data written to the partition table at the front of the drive