First post, by feipoa
I have a SCSI-based PIII workstation. The motherboard has one of these neat 64-bit RAID port III connectors for an Adaptec RAID card. This was before PCI-X was introduced. Problem is that there aren't any Windows 98 drivers for the RAID card, so I am trying to run Windows 2000 and XP from the RAID card and boot Windows 98SE from a SCSI drive connected to a standard AHA-2940U2W PCI SCSI card.
The RAID array is setup in a stripe RAID 0 configuration. And has XP, W2K, and 98SE installed. 98SE is running in MS-DOS compatibility mode because there aren't proper Win9x drivers, which is why I want to boot Win9x from a secondary HDD on a standard PCI SCSI card.
The 2940U2W drive also has XP, W2K, and 98SE installed. Both configurations are clones of each other. I have updated the image of the Win98SE boot sector so that either configuration can boot Win98SE when that drive is the boot drive.
I tried to set the RAID array as the primary boot drive and made an image of the Win98 boot sector on the 2940U2W/HDD, but the NT boot loader would not boot W98 from that secondary hard drive. If I recall correctly, Win9x needs to be on the primary hard drive to boot. So I decided that I'd use the 2940U2W/HDD as the primary drive, and try to boot the array XP and the array W2K partitions from the 2940U2W's NT BOOT LOADER, but it doesn't work either.
This is what I put into the boot.ini file on the XP partition on the 2940U2W HDD:
But this is the error I received when trying to boot Windows XP array:
Does anybody know what I am doing wrong?
To be clear, the goal is to be able to boot Win98SE from an Adpatec 2940U2W PCI host controller and boot WinXP and W2K from a RAID drive; all 3 OSes using the NT BOOT LOADER.
EDIT: At present, the only means I know of to accomplish this goal is to enter the BIOS and to change the boot order. If I want to boot XP and W2K from the ARRAY, I tell the BIOS to boot ARRAY first. If I want to boot Win98SE from the 2940U2W controller, I tell the BIOS to boot 2940U2W first. It is a very lengthy process. These Dell Workstation BIOSes are slow to boot, plus it wants to go through all the SCSI BIOSes as well, that is, before entering the BIOS.