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Re: Debian + Windows98 on the same large disk problem

On Tue, 18 Jul 2000, Dimitris Dracopoulos wrote:

> Hi,
> I have recently got a new hard disk 40GB, in which I decided to install both
> Windows98 and Debian, FreeBSD. 
> (I never wanted to install this Win98 stuff on my machine but job matters
> force...)
> I repartitioned the hard disk using slink Debian's cfdisk into a first FAT32
> partition of 12GB and 3 more partitions (second is 12GB BSD, and the other
> two, 10 and 5GB Linux). For the cfdisk to work properly with my large disk,
> I had to specify the disk geometry that FreeBSD's fdisk returned to me.
> Following that I installed Windows98 on the first partition of 12GB. I
> checked with the Windows98 fdisk program, and indeed it finds the 4
> partitions mentioning that the 3 last ones are non-DOS. 
> The problem is that when I use the Windows explorer to see what is the
> available space for my C drive (FAT32 partition), I get that available for C
> are 39GB, i.e. the whole of my hard disk and not just the FAT32 partition.
> Despite that, it reports the C volume label to be the same name as that
> reported by the Windows98 fdisk!
> So, I wonder what is happening? Is it just a bug in the Windows Explorer or
> the actual Windows will expand further than their allocated 12GB partition
> when they have no space and delete my Debian and FreeBSD stuff when I
> install them there?
> Has anyone installed both Debian and Windows98 on the same large disk and
> came across anything similar?
> Cheers
> Dimitris

You should see fdisk(8), section DOS 6.x WARNING.


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