Re: NT on drive > 2gig?

Mike@NetDotCom ( (no email) )
Mon, 29 Jun 1998 14:14:01 -0400

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-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Sheahan <>
To: <>
Date: Monday, June 29, 1998 2:11 PM
Subject: Re: NT on drive > 2gig?

>My goal is to install Windows NT on the primary drive of my secondary IDE
>controller (the 2 gig Maxtor drive). I just happen to be running Windows 98
>on my 4 gig boot drive and plan to dual boot each OS. I am also NOT going
>use NTFS, as I don't need the security features right now.
>Why can't I just install NT on the 2 gig drive on the secondary IDE
>controller, and leave my 4 gig boot drive as is (running Win98)? I
>just need the NT boot menu on my 4 gig drive to popup, and when I select
>"Windows NT 4.0 Server", I want it to just go to my 2 gig drive and run NT.
>This way I am only dealing with NT on a 2 gig drive, with the boot loader
>my 4 gig drive.
>Can this be done?
>Thanks everyone!
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Richard Lachance <>
>To: <>
>Date: Monday, June 29, 1998 1:53 PM
>Subject: RE: NT on drive > 2gig?
>>> When I try to install NT 4.0 Server, it pops up and tells me it couldn't
>>> find a drive to install on. Is this because my primary drive is 4 gig
>>> the largest boot drive NT can have is 2 gig?
>>> How do I get around this, break my 4 gig drive up into 2, 2 gig
>>> partitions?
>>Do you have any other NT box up & running? If so, put the drive in that
>>machine and format it as a 4G NTFS partition. Then put it back in the
>>machine and boot from the NT install floppies. When it asks which
>>to install on, specify the NTFS partition and you're set.
>>The 2G issue is because NT first format the drive in FAT16, and transforms
>>it later into NTFS. Preformating the partition in NTFS will go around
>>Vircom, Inc.