I have a question...Can I partition a hard drive?????

United States
February 14, 2007 8:27pm CST
My computers have XP installed on them. My question is, can I partition my hard drive and put another operating system on it? I have tons of software that will not run on XP. I need to put Windows 98 on it actually. If you know of an emulator that I could install, so I would not have to partition the hard drive, it would be better. Thanks for your help on this.
6 responses
@istanto (8572)
• Indonesia
15 Feb 07
You can do that, but since it's to hard for newbies I suggest you to try virtual pc to run another OS in your pc http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtualpc/evaluation/overview2004.mspx
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• United States
15 Feb 07
Actually, I am not really a newbie. Just outdated. LOL. I was very heavy into computers when I was younger. My first computer was from the early 80's, A Commodore 64. Stayed with it all through the 90's, repaired and networked. Sorta moved on with my life and just played around with computers, and with newer technology, I am a little lost to some things. Tell me about this virtual PC. Is it a program that I can download, to do the partitioning for me?
• India
18 Feb 07
yeah dude u can partition ur hdd as many partition u want and can keep ur another operating system in other partition
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@raisushkr (1399)
• India
28 Feb 07
ya u can partition ur hard drive.if u need help contact me .
• United States
28 Feb 07
Thank you for the offer. If I need help I will let you know. I haven't tried anything yet. I have been really busy trying to start a tax service in my area. It may be after tax season before I do anything. Thanks again.
@sunny1984 (640)
• India
22 Feb 07
You can partition your drive and u can install win 98 as well but if windows xp is already installed you wont be able to install win98 first you have to install win 98 then win xp
• United States
25 Feb 07
thanks for the advice. I would hate to screw up my computer just to play some old games. Do you know anything about emulators? I know that you can play video games (sega, playstation, nintendo) if you have an emulator installed, but can you play some of the older computer games too? I think my best bet would be to clean all the mess off of my old computer and set it back up, it just seems like it would be easier.
@Asylum (46816)
• Manchester, England
17 Mar 07
A seperate partition would work fine if you were installing Linux, but you cannot do this with Windows 98. The second partition would become D: drive, so you could not really run Windows on it. The only way to operate a dual boot with Windows XP and Windows 98 is to load Windows 98 first and then insert the Windows XP disk and select the option to install as a dual boot system. You cannot do this in reverse because Windows XP will disable the install feature of Windows 98.
• United States
15 Feb 07
yes ... I guess its called Defragmantation....