Install Win98 on /dev/sda4

Reinhold Rumberger rrumberger at
Wed Feb 16 13:55:09 UTC 2011

On Mittwoch 16 Februar 2011, 10:36:29, Waleed Hamra wrote:
> On 02/16/2011 09:29 AM, Jerry Lapham wrote:
> > I had a Win98 install disk and 36GiB of free space at the end of my HD,
> > so I formatted it as FAT32 and it became /dev/sda4.
> > 
> > When I booted from the Win98 install disk it said DriveC wasn't the right
> > format and wouldn't let me install without formatting it.  How can I
> > point it to /dev/sda4?

I'm pretty sure it can't be done easily. Win9x wants to be installed to sda1. 
You can try to use grub to swap sda1 and sda4 (basically so that Win98 sees 
sda4 as sda1). However, that needs to be done for the install CD, too, and I 
don't know how to do that.

> this has to do with Windows 98 wanting the boot partition (the active
> partition) to be setup for booting this sda4 partition.
> is sda4 primary or logical?

sda1-4 are primary - always! (have a look at how the kernel numbers primary 
vs. logical partitions)


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