Install Win98 on /dev/sda4

Reinhold Rumberger rrumberger at
Mon Feb 21 01:28:44 UTC 2011

On Montag 21 Februar 2011, 01:27:24, Jerry Lapham wrote:
> On Wednesday, February 16, 2011 08:55:09 am Reinhold Rumberger wrote:
> > > > 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.
> Does the Win98 install CD use the existing partition table in the master
> boot record?  Would it use the first entry there as Drive C?


> If so,
> swappng the bytes from the fourth entry and those from the first entry
> ought to do it, correct?

That seems pretty much like what I wrote. Or at least what I was trying to 
write... ;-)


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