First post, by Dochartaigh
Yes, you would think I could find this through searching...but I'm only finding instances of how to do this on a PARTITIONED SINGLE drive, where I want to have each OS on a SEPARATE drive – 2gb CF card for MS-DOS setup as one drive, and a regular mechanical HDD for Windows 98. Is there any way I can dual boot like this? Ideally with a simple boot menu upon turning the computer on. And yes, I totally know I can boot Win98 into MS-DOS mode but that's not my question 😉
I've found some people saying to make a custom IDE cable with a switch on the cable to choose master/slave with the drives set to cable select (which I don't need another DIY project now TBH). Found other mentions of a 3.5" or 5.25" panel you can install with stitches to turn only certain HDD's on at once but couldn't find those for sale anymore (or am searching for the wrong keywords), plus they would most likely be black panels and I only do beautiful beige! Last, found that you can 'simply' just go into the BIOS on launch and change which HDD it boots from - which is like ~15 more steps than a simple boot menu upon turning the computer on which is what I'm looking for.
Any solutions for this? Or is it just not possible without one of the solutions I've already outlined above?
Last, if I was going to give up on the 2gb CF card route (i.e. this just can't be done without some sort of hardware/cable mod), I could put a 2GB partition (or two) on my larger 120gb mechanical HDD Windows 98 is going to go on, right? Then use that for DOS. Any advice on doing that? FDISK I think still doesn't see my entire 120gb mechanical HDD (if my memory serves it always lists the size wrong, but the partitions do seem to work when created through it at least)... I just really had my heart set on a little 2GB CF card (which I already have + 2x different IDE adapters) running DOS which I might be able to even pop into another computer to quickly start messing with it (don't quote me on this, haven't even looked into if it's possible to put it into another computer...don't think there's any drivers for the hardware like Windows needs so should/might work I think... just future possible plans/dreaming).
The last time I tried to have both MS-DOS 6.22 and Windows 98 on my computer people said it's easy: just install MS-DOS, then when you install Windows 98 SE after it's done you'll get a boot menu automatically popping up on boot to choose what to boot into....I think those couple peoples posts I read confused (or I did...) that with dual booting Win95 and Win98, or Win98 and XP or something - I tried that and no boot menu was created, it just booted into Windows 98.