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How to Completely Install Win9x/ME to an Alternate Hard Drive

To completely install Win9x/ME to an alternate hard drive use the steps below.

These steps assume you want to install Win9x/ME to the second hard drive (HD1).

  1. Make sure you have a Win9x CD-ROM installation boot diskette (included with the OEM version) or a bootable CD.

  2. Using the Work with Partitions dialog, create and format the partition on HD1.

  3. Using Boot Edit, create and save a boot item for it:

    • HD will be 1.

    • Boot partition should be the one you created in Step 2.

    • If you want other primary partitions visible on HD0, then check the Swap check box under Boot Details; otherwise, check the Swap check box under One Time Options.

    • If booting from the CD-ROM using the Next BIOS Device feature of BootIt NG, put a check in the Next BIOS Device check box under One Time Option. (Your BIOS boot order must have the CD-ROM after the C: drive for this to work. If you're going to boot directly from the CD-ROM and the BIOS boot order has the CD-ROM before C: then you don't need to enable this option.)

    • If the Swap check box under One Time Option was checked, then the MBR Details for HD0 will need to either have all primary partitions hidden or have one (visible) extended partition in it. (If you used the Swap checkbox under Boot Details then you don't need to hide/remove the primary partitions, but it's probably a good idea to do so during setup anyway.)

    • The MBR Details for HD1 will have the partition you created in Step 2.

  4. Boot with the item created in Step 3. If you are booting from the CD-ROM using the Next BIOS Device option, then setup should start from the CD-ROM (skip to Step 6). Otherwise, you should get a message that no operating system exists on the partition.

  5. Insert your Win9x CD-ROM installation boot diskette and/or CD-ROM (you can do the floppy install if you have to) and press Enter.

  6. Begin the Win9x installation to the C: drive.

  7. Click Finish to reboot the computer.

  8. You can now just keep booting the new Win9x/ME boot item to continue with the setup. If you use the Swap option under One Time Option then just make sure you don't add any visible primary FAT partitions to hard drive 0 or that drive becomes C:.

Note: If you enabled the Swap option under Boot Details then you can check the system properties/performance tab to see if Win9x is using real mode drivers for drive access. If it is, it won't hurt anything, it's just being brought to your attention.

 


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