Booting to a partitioned drive

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win95.general.discussion (More info?)

When my desktop was originally configured, the hard drive was partitioned
into three partitions (C, D, and E). As I recall, this was done to get
around the 2 gig limitation of Windows 95.

Currently, the computer boots up to the D partition, where Windows 95
resides. If I want the computer to boot up to the C partition, for example,
where are these instructions located? (I am thinking of moving Windows 95
to the C partition.) I have checked the Autoexec.bat and Config.sys files
on my C partition, but I don't think that gives me the lead that I am
looking for.

Under the DOS setup, BIOS, the boot sequence is shown as A, C, SCSI.

Thanks for any thoughts!

Regards,

Gordon Biggar
Houston, Texas
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win95.general.discussion (More info?)

    using FDISK, change the "active" partition.

    "G.G. Biggar, Jr." <Colonel_Biggs@msn.com> wrote in message
    news:Ofr7EYbcFHA.616@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    > When my desktop was originally configured, the hard drive was partitioned
    > into three partitions (C, D, and E). As I recall, this was done to get
    > around the 2 gig limitation of Windows 95.
    >
    > Currently, the computer boots up to the D partition, where Windows 95
    > resides. If I want the computer to boot up to the C partition, for
    > example,
    > where are these instructions located? (I am thinking of moving Windows 95
    > to the C partition.) I have checked the Autoexec.bat and Config.sys files
    > on my C partition, but I don't think that gives me the lead that I am
    > looking for.
    >
    > Under the DOS setup, BIOS, the boot sequence is shown as A, C, SCSI.
    >
    > Thanks for any thoughts!
    >
    > Regards,
    >
    > Gordon Biggar
    > Houston, Texas
    >
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win95.general.discussion (More info?)

    It's in the "[Paths]" section of "c:\msdos.sys", but I don't think what you are
    considering is feasible, since there are undoubtedly numerous references to
    important files and folders on the "D:" drive in the existing registry.

    Ben

    "G.G. Biggar, Jr." <Colonel_Biggs@msn.com> wrote in message news:Ofr7EYbcFHA.616@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    > When my desktop was originally configured, the hard drive was partitioned
    > into three partitions (C, D, and E). As I recall, this was done to get
    > around the 2 gig limitation of Windows 95.
    >
    > Currently, the computer boots up to the D partition, where Windows 95
    > resides. If I want the computer to boot up to the C partition, for example,
    > where are these instructions located? (I am thinking of moving Windows 95
    > to the C partition.) I have checked the Autoexec.bat and Config.sys files
    > on my C partition, but I don't think that gives me the lead that I am
    > looking for.
    >
    > Under the DOS setup, BIOS, the boot sequence is shown as A, C, SCSI.
    >
    > Thanks for any thoughts!
    >
    > Regards,
    >
    > Gordon Biggar
    > Houston, Texas
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win95.general.discussion (More info?)

    I have another desktop that runs Windows 95, and where there is no
    partitioning of the hard drive. The software/files on the two desktops are
    almost identical, except for their location (i.e., C vs. D).

    My thought is to format the C partition of the partitioned drive, and then
    to dump a backup of the non-partitioned C drive from my other desktop onto
    the formatted C drive of my partitioned drive. (I use BackupNow software
    for backing up/restoring my hard drives.) The objective is to clean out
    (eventually) all of the files in the D partition. These two desktops are
    being used as backup machines in two different physical locations, and I
    would like to have them pretty much identical.

    If the registry from the non-partitioned drive is restored to the
    partitioned drive (which will both be in C), I do not know if that could
    cause a problem or not.

    Gordon


    "Ben Myers" <benjmyers@mindR-E-M-O-V-Espring.com> wrote in message
    news:OoojhGccFHA.3620@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    It's in the "[Paths]" section of "c:\msdos.sys", but I don't think what you
    are
    considering is feasible, since there are undoubtedly numerous references to
    important files and folders on the "D:" drive in the existing registry.

    Ben

    "G.G. Biggar, Jr." <Colonel_Biggs@msn.com> wrote in message
    news:Ofr7EYbcFHA.616@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    > When my desktop was originally configured, the hard drive was partitioned
    > into three partitions (C, D, and E). As I recall, this was done to get
    > around the 2 gig limitation of Windows 95.
    >
    > Currently, the computer boots up to the D partition, where Windows 95
    > resides. If I want the computer to boot up to the C partition, for
    example,
    > where are these instructions located? (I am thinking of moving Windows 95
    > to the C partition.) I have checked the Autoexec.bat and Config.sys files
    > on my C partition, but I don't think that gives me the lead that I am
    > looking for.
    >
    > Under the DOS setup, BIOS, the boot sequence is shown as A, C, SCSI.
    >
    > Thanks for any thoughts!
    >
    > Regards,
    >
    > Gordon Biggar
    > Houston, Texas
    >
    >
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win95.general.discussion (More info?)

    Unless the two computers are identical, Windows may or may not be able
    to reconfigure itself to the new hardware. As mentioned in another post,
    use fdisk to make sure the C: partition is set as active.

    Ben

    "G.G. Biggar, Jr." <Colonel_Biggs@msn.com> wrote in message news:eTxlxkccFHA.228@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    > I have another desktop that runs Windows 95, and where there is no
    > partitioning of the hard drive. The software/files on the two desktops are
    > almost identical, except for their location (i.e., C vs. D).
    >
    > My thought is to format the C partition of the partitioned drive, and then
    > to dump a backup of the non-partitioned C drive from my other desktop onto
    > the formatted C drive of my partitioned drive. (I use BackupNow software
    > for backing up/restoring my hard drives.) The objective is to clean out
    > (eventually) all of the files in the D partition. These two desktops are
    > being used as backup machines in two different physical locations, and I
    > would like to have them pretty much identical.
    >
    > If the registry from the non-partitioned drive is restored to the
    > partitioned drive (which will both be in C), I do not know if that could
    > cause a problem or not.
    >
    > Gordon
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > "Ben Myers" <benjmyers@mindR-E-M-O-V-Espring.com> wrote in message
    > news:OoojhGccFHA.3620@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    > It's in the "[Paths]" section of "c:\msdos.sys", but I don't think what you
    > are
    > considering is feasible, since there are undoubtedly numerous references to
    > important files and folders on the "D:" drive in the existing registry.
    >
    > Ben
    >
    > "G.G. Biggar, Jr." <Colonel_Biggs@msn.com> wrote in message
    > news:Ofr7EYbcFHA.616@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    > > When my desktop was originally configured, the hard drive was partitioned
    > > into three partitions (C, D, and E). As I recall, this was done to get
    > > around the 2 gig limitation of Windows 95.
    > >
    > > Currently, the computer boots up to the D partition, where Windows 95
    > > resides. If I want the computer to boot up to the C partition, for
    > example,
    > > where are these instructions located? (I am thinking of moving Windows 95
    > > to the C partition.) I have checked the Autoexec.bat and Config.sys files
    > > on my C partition, but I don't think that gives me the lead that I am
    > > looking for.
    > >
    > > Under the DOS setup, BIOS, the boot sequence is shown as A, C, SCSI.
    > >
    > > Thanks for any thoughts!
    > >
    > > Regards,
    > >
    > > Gordon Biggar
    > > Houston, Texas
    > >
    > >
    >
    >
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win95.general.discussion (More info?)

    I gather that making the changes to msdos.sys (to have the computer boot to
    the C partition) is not the same as having the C partition become the
    "active" partition?

    If my partitioned drive does accept the download into the C partition (on an
    ongoing operating basis), my thought is to format the entire drive and start
    from scratch. Will I have to use something like PartitionMagic in order to
    eliminate all of the partitions except the C partition? My drive is a 4 gig
    one, so I presume that 2 gig will be wasted space.

    Can I presume that the sequence to follow will be: use FDISK to set the C
    partition as active, format the C partition, and then download the C drive
    contents from my other computer?

    Thanks for your thoughts.

    Gordon Biggar


    "Ben Myers" <benjmyers@mindR-E-M-O-V-Espring.com> wrote in message
    news:OzaBJSocFHA.2664@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    Unless the two computers are identical, Windows may or may not be able
    to reconfigure itself to the new hardware. As mentioned in another post,
    use fdisk to make sure the C: partition is set as active.

    Ben

    "G.G. Biggar, Jr." <Colonel_Biggs@msn.com> wrote in message
    news:eTxlxkccFHA.228@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    > I have another desktop that runs Windows 95, and where there is no
    > partitioning of the hard drive. The software/files on the two desktops
    are
    > almost identical, except for their location (i.e., C vs. D).
    >
    > My thought is to format the C partition of the partitioned drive, and then
    > to dump a backup of the non-partitioned C drive from my other desktop onto
    > the formatted C drive of my partitioned drive. (I use BackupNow software
    > for backing up/restoring my hard drives.) The objective is to clean out
    > (eventually) all of the files in the D partition. These two desktops are
    > being used as backup machines in two different physical locations, and I
    > would like to have them pretty much identical.
    >
    > If the registry from the non-partitioned drive is restored to the
    > partitioned drive (which will both be in C), I do not know if that could
    > cause a problem or not.
    >
    > Gordon
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > "Ben Myers" <benjmyers@mindR-E-M-O-V-Espring.com> wrote in message
    > news:OoojhGccFHA.3620@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    > It's in the "[Paths]" section of "c:\msdos.sys", but I don't think what
    you
    > are
    > considering is feasible, since there are undoubtedly numerous references
    to
    > important files and folders on the "D:" drive in the existing registry.
    >
    > Ben
    >
    > "G.G. Biggar, Jr." <Colonel_Biggs@msn.com> wrote in message
    > news:Ofr7EYbcFHA.616@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    > > When my desktop was originally configured, the hard drive was
    partitioned
    > > into three partitions (C, D, and E). As I recall, this was done to get
    > > around the 2 gig limitation of Windows 95.
    > >
    > > Currently, the computer boots up to the D partition, where Windows 95
    > > resides. If I want the computer to boot up to the C partition, for
    > example,
    > > where are these instructions located? (I am thinking of moving Windows
    95
    > > to the C partition.) I have checked the Autoexec.bat and Config.sys
    files
    > > on my C partition, but I don't think that gives me the lead that I am
    > > looking for.
    > >
    > > Under the DOS setup, BIOS, the boot sequence is shown as A, C, SCSI.
    > >
    > > Thanks for any thoughts!
    > >
    > > Regards,
    > >
    > > Gordon Biggar
    > > Houston, Texas
    > >
    > >
    >
    >
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win95.general.discussion (More info?)

    "G.G. Biggar, Jr." <Colonel_Biggs@msn.com> wrote in message news:#gNx$j0cFHA.2212@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl..
    > > I have another desktop that runs Windows 95, and where there is no
    > > partitioning of the hard drive. The software/files on the two desktops
    > are
    > > almost identical, except for their location (i.e., C vs. D).
    > >
    > > My thought is to format the C partition of the partitioned drive, and then
    > > to dump a backup of the non-partitioned C drive from my other desktop onto
    > > the formatted C drive of my partitioned drive. (I use BackupNow software
    > > for backing up/restoring my hard drives.) The objective is to clean out
    > > (eventually) all of the files in the D partition. These two desktops are
    > > being used as backup machines in two different physical locations, and I
    > > would like to have them pretty much identical.

    > "Ben Myers" <benjmyers@mindR-E-M-O-V-Espring.com> wrote in message
    > news:OzaBJSocFHA.2664@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    > Unless the two computers are identical, Windows may or may not be able
    > to reconfigure itself to the new hardware. As mentioned in another post,
    > use fdisk to make sure the C: partition is set as active.

    "G.G. Biggar, Jr." <Colonel_Biggs@msn.com> wrote in message news:#gNx$j0cFHA.2212@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl..
    > I gather that making the changes to msdos.sys (to have the computer boot to
    > the C partition) is not the same as having the C partition become the
    > "active" partition?

    Correct, but the system you are transferring should already have a usable
    "c:\msdos.sys".

    > If my partitioned drive does accept the download into the C partition (on an
    > ongoing operating basis), my thought is to format the entire drive and start
    > from scratch.

    Formatting a drive erases its contents. There is no reason to put any files
    on a drive you are about to format.

    > Will I have to use something like PartitionMagic in order to
    > eliminate all of the partitions except the C partition?

    A third party partitioning tool shouldn't be necessary unless you
    intend to combine or resize partitions.

    > My drive is a 4 gig
    > one, so I presume that 2 gig will be wasted space.

    If you are using Windows 95 OSR2 or later, you can create a
    FAT32 partition. Even if you're not, you haven't given a reason
    for not creating a second partition to use the remaining disk space.

    > Can I presume that the sequence to follow will be: use FDISK to set the C
    > partition as active,

    Any partitioning tool, including fdisk can tell you which partition is active. If
    the disk is already partitioned adequately, no changes are necessary.

    > format the C partition,

    Formatting is only necessary when the target drive is unformatted or is
    formatted using a file system incompatible with the system being
    installed or transferred.

    > and then download the C drive
    > contents from my other computer?

    If you are using third party backup and restore software, it may
    overwrite the entire target disk, making the existing partitions
    irretrievable. Simply copying the files and directories will probably
    be as effective as any other method. The real test will be seeing
    if Windows can reconfigure itself to the new hardware.

    Ben
  7. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win95.general.discussion (More info?)

    Many thanks for the inputs. Needless to say, I'm still learning. Should be
    an interesting weekend. I'll report back.

    Gordon


    "G.G. Biggar, Jr." <Colonel_Biggs@msn.com> wrote in message
    news:%23gNx$j0cFHA.2212@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    > I gather that making the changes to msdos.sys (to have the computer boot
    to
    > the C partition) is not the same as having the C partition become the
    > "active" partition?
    >
    > If my partitioned drive does accept the download into the C partition (on
    an
    > ongoing operating basis), my thought is to format the entire drive and
    start
    > from scratch. Will I have to use something like PartitionMagic in order
    to
    > eliminate all of the partitions except the C partition? My drive is a 4
    gig
    > one, so I presume that 2 gig will be wasted space.
    >
    > Can I presume that the sequence to follow will be: use FDISK to set the C
    > partition as active, format the C partition, and then download the C drive
    > contents from my other computer?
    >
    > Thanks for your thoughts.
    >
    > Gordon Biggar
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > "Ben Myers" <benjmyers@mindR-E-M-O-V-Espring.com> wrote in message
    > news:OzaBJSocFHA.2664@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    > Unless the two computers are identical, Windows may or may not be able
    > to reconfigure itself to the new hardware. As mentioned in another post,
    > use fdisk to make sure the C: partition is set as active.
    >
    > Ben
    >
    > "G.G. Biggar, Jr." <Colonel_Biggs@msn.com> wrote in message
    > news:eTxlxkccFHA.228@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    > > I have another desktop that runs Windows 95, and where there is no
    > > partitioning of the hard drive. The software/files on the two desktops
    > are
    > > almost identical, except for their location (i.e., C vs. D).
    > >
    > > My thought is to format the C partition of the partitioned drive, and
    then
    > > to dump a backup of the non-partitioned C drive from my other desktop
    onto
    > > the formatted C drive of my partitioned drive. (I use BackupNow
    software
    > > for backing up/restoring my hard drives.) The objective is to clean out
    > > (eventually) all of the files in the D partition. These two desktops
    are
    > > being used as backup machines in two different physical locations, and I
    > > would like to have them pretty much identical.
    > >
    > > If the registry from the non-partitioned drive is restored to the
    > > partitioned drive (which will both be in C), I do not know if that could
    > > cause a problem or not.
    > >
    > > Gordon
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > "Ben Myers" <benjmyers@mindR-E-M-O-V-Espring.com> wrote in message
    > > news:OoojhGccFHA.3620@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    > > It's in the "[Paths]" section of "c:\msdos.sys", but I don't think what
    > you
    > > are
    > > considering is feasible, since there are undoubtedly numerous references
    > to
    > > important files and folders on the "D:" drive in the existing registry.
    > >
    > > Ben
    > >
    > > "G.G. Biggar, Jr." <Colonel_Biggs@msn.com> wrote in message
    > > news:Ofr7EYbcFHA.616@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    > > > When my desktop was originally configured, the hard drive was
    > partitioned
    > > > into three partitions (C, D, and E). As I recall, this was done to
    get
    > > > around the 2 gig limitation of Windows 95.
    > > >
    > > > Currently, the computer boots up to the D partition, where Windows 95
    > > > resides. If I want the computer to boot up to the C partition, for
    > > example,
    > > > where are these instructions located? (I am thinking of moving
    Windows
    > 95
    > > > to the C partition.) I have checked the Autoexec.bat and Config.sys
    > files
    > > > on my C partition, but I don't think that gives me the lead that I am
    > > > looking for.
    > > >
    > > > Under the DOS setup, BIOS, the boot sequence is shown as A, C, SCSI.
    > > >
    > > > Thanks for any thoughts!
    > > >
    > > > Regards,
    > > >
    > > > Gordon Biggar
    > > > Houston, Texas
    > > >
    > > >
    > >
    > >
    >
    >
  8. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win95.general.discussion (More info?)

    "G.G. Biggar, Jr." <Colonel_Biggs@msn.com> wrote:

    >I gather that making the changes to msdos.sys (to have the computer boot to
    >the C partition) is not the same as having the C partition become the
    >"active" partition?

    No, definitely not. Making a partition active involves setting a flag
    in the partition table in the disk's master boot record (IIRC). Only a
    primary partition may be active, and only one primary may be active at
    a time. FDISK can do this job, and of course a partitioning utility
    like Partition Magic can do it.

    >If my partitioned drive does accept the download into the C partition (on an
    >ongoing operating basis), my thought is to format the entire drive and start
    >from scratch. Will I have to use something like PartitionMagic in order to
    >eliminate all of the partitions except the C partition? My drive is a 4 gig
    >one, so I presume that 2 gig will be wasted space.

    You can delete partitions with FDISK. But FDISK cannot use the space
    made available by deleting the other partitions to make C bigger
    (except by deleting C and recreating it, losing all data). Partition
    Magic can incorporate the free space into C non-destructively.

    >Can I presume that the sequence to follow will be: use FDISK to set the C
    >partition as active, format the C partition, and then download the C drive
    >contents from my other computer?

    Sounds reasonable.

    --
    Tim Slattery
    MS MVP(DTS)
    Slattery_T@bls.gov
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