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Old 03-07-2004, 11:39 AM   #1
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need help with partitions

My hard disk consists of 4 partitions C,D,E,F.
Recently I have installed Linux in C:, in which windows was there. Now, when i try to install windows i faced problem with getting the system boot with cd.

I tried to boot with the win98 boot disk. To my surprise, the boot disk misses out C:, and treats D: as C:, E: as D: and so on.

Now, even with this, i tried to install windows. But, after rebooting for continuing the setup, it fails to identify the temporary files and goes into lilo.

Then, I did fdisk /mbr, and again tried to install windows. Now, after restarting, it says "Missing operating system". Now, how to get windows installed? I dont mind formating the (original) c: and d:. Only the other two partitions have data.

Is it possible to restore the partitions without damaging the data so that I can install windows in c:, and linux in d:??
Any other means to install windows as a dual boot is also welcome.

Shyam Sundar
Old 03-07-2004, 12:37 PM   #2
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windows ignores partitons with filesystems it does not unerstand, to get windows to see partiton C (by which i assume you mean Primary Partiton 1) then format the partiton in a FS it understands.. in linux you can use mkfs.vfat program.
Old 03-07-2004, 02:04 PM   #3
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Do what you were thinking of doing: format c: and d: Then install Windows first on c: (windows doesn't play nice if it's not on the first partition) and put Linux on d: The bootloader will recognise the Win part. and present it as an option at bootup


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