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Bootmanager & Drive Partisions

I need to install win95, NT, win3.1, & os2 v2.1 on my hard drive.
Can I use os2 Boot manager for this? How many partision can os2 bootmanager
handle?

If the above is not possible, is there any other way to install the 4
operating system and make each bootable by choice?

Any advise on other boot manager and where I can get them will be
appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

/kfc

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3 Responses to “Bootmanager & Drive Partisions”

  1. admin says:

    On Wed, 26 Nov 1997 18:37:56 -0500, Keith F. Camacho wrote:

    ->I need to install win95, NT, win3.1, & os2 v2.1 on my hard drive.
    ->Can I use os2 Boot manager for this? How many partision can os2 bootmanager
    ->handle?

    On a single disk?

    Primary partition – Boot Manager
    Primary partition – Windows 95 and Windows NT (C:)
    Primary partition – DOS and Windows 3.1 (C:)
    Logical drives – OS/2 boot partition  (D: onwards)

    Trevor Hemsley, London, UK
    (Trevor-Hems…@dial.pipex.com or 75704.2…@compuserve.com)

  2. admin says:

    I have

    ====drive 1===
    Win/95   (primary) C:
    Win/NT   (primary) C:
    BM       (primary)  
    OS/2 Warp 3 (extended) D:
    E:/F:/G: data
    ====drive 2====
    H: data
    OS/2 Warp Server
    J:/K:/L: data
    OS/2 Warp 4  M:
    OS/2 Warp 4+ N:

    all on the same machine

    Note that Win 3.1/95/NT all require SOME code
    on C: (NT boot files for example) while the
    rest of the code can be put on another drive.

    System Commander is another choice, but to INSTALL
    OS/2 on a drive other than C: you MUST install BM
    which requires a partition table entry on the
    first disk.. so you’ll have to uninstall something
    to install BM, to install OS/2, to de-install BM,
    restore the something, then activate SC again.

    (in my environment with a weekly install for testing
    this is impossibly painful!!)

    Keith F. Camacho wrote:

    > I need to install win95, NT, win3.1, & os2 v2.1 on my hard drive.
    > Can I use os2 Boot manager for this? How many partision can os2 bootmanager
    > handle?

    > If the above is not possible, is there any other way to install the 4
    > operating system and make each bootable by choice?

    > Any advise on other boot manager and where I can get them will be
    > appreciated.

    > Thanks in advance.

    > /kfc


    Sam Detweiler
    IBM OS/2 Development
    Device Driver development and Support
    OS/2 Advisor

  3. admin says:

    In article <65ibqa$9b…@tor-nn1.netcom.ca>,
    "Keith F. Camacho" <kf…@netcom.ca> wrote:

    >I need to install win95, NT, win3.1, & os2 v2.1 on my hard drive.
    >Can I use os2 Boot manager for this? How many partision can os2 bootmanager
    >handle?

    >If the above is not possible, is there any other way to install the 4
    >operating system and make each bootable by choice?

    >Any advise on other boot manager and where I can get them will be
    >appreciated.

    >Thanks in advance.

    I believe that there is a limitation on the number of Primary
    Partitions that you can have on a single physical drive. Win95 and Win
    3.1x MUST boot from a Primary Partition on Drive C: (That is, you must
    install the BOOT files, DOS, on Drive C:). I’m not sure about WinNT,
    but OS/2 can be booted from any primary or logical partition on any
    drive that can be seen by your BIOS at bootup. And, keep in mind, that
    Boot Manager requires a 1meg Primary Partition to install itself (It
    will create this when you install it. I just can’t remember what the
    limit is…..3 or 4 Primary Partitions?

    I’m using a utility called Power Boot (PBOOT) that installs itself in
    the MBR of your first physical hard drive. It allows you to not only
    choose which operating system to boot, but also allows you to hide
    partitions, rename partitions, and a few other handy little functions.
    It’s available from BMT Micro, or directly from the author’s website:

    http://www.blueskyinnovations.com/pboot.html

    It does NOT require its own partition to install, and handles
    operating systems that Boot Manager will not (SCO Open Server to name
    1). It used to be shareware, but I believe the downloadable version is
    now a DEMO only, and the functional version is $25.00 (US). If you can
    find an older shareware version at hobbes (ver 0.99), it is a
    time-limited functional trial version. But keep in mind that when the
    time limit expires, you can no longer use it, nor can you delete it.
    You can use FDISK /NEWMBR to get rid of it, but then you’ll either
    have to get the full version, or you’ll have to use FDISK to set a
    primary partition ACTIVE in order to boot your machine.

    I was involved in testing PBOOT for compatibility with SCO Open
    Server, and the author is VERY responsive to users questions and
    problems. And the utility installs cleanly, works VERY well, and
    un-installs just as easily (provided you follow the instructions when
    you install it).


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