C:\ ... D:\ ... 98se ... XP switcheroo

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=== Note to Moderators: If this is in the wrong forum, please accept my apologies and feel free to move it :) ===


My current setup is this:
C:\ = 40gigs, Win98se
D:\ = 10gigs, WinXP

I want to switch it around to this:
C:\ = 40gigs, WinXP
D:\ = 10gigs, Win98se

What's the best way to go about this? No worries about losing data since I've backed it all up, but the less painful the better. :)


Thanks!
 
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Are these both viable installatins of an OS (do they run on their own seperate hard drives if you were to boot to each as the primary?) If so you can use a boot manager to dual boot them. To migrate them you will need to use a piece of software like ghost and create an image of either one of them and have move it off of the drive it is currently on to some media other than one of the 2 drives. Once that is done use ghost to do a copy of the remaining OS to the drive tyou want it on. After that just take the image and do an image to drive copy to the drive tyou want that OS to reside on.

1.)C:\ = 40gigs, Win98se ---> create image to other media or spare drive.
D:\ = 10gigs, WinXP

2.)C:\ = Delete everything

3.) D:\ = 10gigs, WinXP --- Ghost this to 40GB drive

4.) take ghost image from other media or spare drive and move to 10GB drive.
 

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Thanks Rockn. Yes, each OS is on its own separate drive: 98se on the primary channel and XP on the secondary. Ghosting would be a problem, though, since the 98 drive has 18GB of data on it, so it's not likely to ghost onto the 10GB drive too well :)

What I've done already is backed up all my most important data onto 10 CD's. I know I'll have to reinstall all my programs, apps and what-not, but that's not a problem. So now I just want to make the switch of OS's. In my confused mind, this is what I'm thinking:

1. If the same OS is on the two drives, there'll be a boot conflict.
2. The upgrade version of XP requires 98 to be on that drive.
3. Therefore, there's going to be a time when 98 is on both drives before XP gets on one of them.
4. This is where I get hung up because of the boot conflict.

I can't just install XP over the existing 98 on C:\, because XP is also on D:\. Boot conflict.

I could reformat D:\, then install XP right over the existing 98 on C:\, but then when I install 98 on D:\ afterward, XP won't be the primary boot OS (the second OS installed will always take over, right?).

Also, far as I know, 98 doesn't allow for installing on any other drive but C:\. If it could, there'd be no problem at all here!

I'm getting confused just trying to explain all this.... lol.


Maybe I should do this:

Take C:\ right out of the case.
Connect D:\ to the primary channel, reformat it, install 98se.
Put D:\ back to the secondary channel.
Re-connect C:\ to primary... no wait, that means there'll be two 98se's on the system. Boot conflict.

HELLLLLLP!!! :(
 
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You don't actually have to INSTALL 98 to use the xp upgrade.

You merely have to insert the Windows 98 cd during the XP install so windows XP can verify you own a legal copy of an upgradable OS.
 

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hmmm.... so XP will ask for the 98 CD or something to that effect? That's cool. Makes things a lot easier.
 
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