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- Partitioning Issue
- Richard Bonner
December 12, 2012, 7:08 pm
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I have an HP Compaq NC8000 laptop with a 40 GB hard drive. I wish to
have a dual boot with DR-DOS 7.03 and some version of Linux. The setup
C: 2 GB FAT 16
D: 2 GB FAT 16
E: 2 GB FAT 16
...and the balance would be for Linux.
I had done a similar setup a few years ago with a 13 GB drive, but this
time any partitioning software I have used can create a FAT-16 `C' drive,
but when it creates the extended and logical drives, none have been able
to assign the `D' and `E' drive letters.
Is this a hard drive size issue? Have I exceeded some limit?
Re: Partitioning Issue
*** I have started with a wiped hard drive and used FDISK to make the
partitions as I have done in the past.
*** It can only see the primary partition. I used other partitioning
software and the result is the same.
*** Unfortunately, the logical drives in the extended partition are not
being recognised and assigned letters.
*** The drive was wiped, so no recovery partitions exist.
*** Well, a friend of mine and I played with this and eventually used a
WIN98 version of FDISK. It set up an extended 4 GB partition and allowed
two 2 GB logical drives. However, the latter were both FAT 32.
We then loaded Ranish and had it make those be FAT 16. Ranish said
though, that there was an overlap of partitions. We reduced the primary to
1.9 GB and the partitions seem to be fine, and have their proper drive
letters of C, D, and E. I don't understand why this was necessary because
DOS recognised the 2 GB primary. However, I can live with this.
Thanks for your input, Oyster. (-: