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Dual boot DOS/XP question. Might be complicated


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#1 Redlight

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Posted 07 September 2014 - 11:48 AM

I have an old XP machine with a SATA drive. I do not want to do a fresh install of XP when I do this, if possible.  I would like to do a dual boot DOS/XP. There are a few things in DOS that I still do. A USB stick is my present way of booting to dos.

 

Is there a way to partition the drive in windows without re-doing windows to place a DOS partition and a boot manager in a SATA drive? What would I use to partition live and DOS with sata suuport? I dont know a boot manager other than grub.

 

Would some of you gurus please let me know how this can be done?

 

Thanks

 

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Posted 11 September 2014 - 12:12 PM

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Can you tell us what you need to do with DOS? Can't you use a Virtual Machine?


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Posted 11 September 2014 - 12:29 PM

I need true DOS. I used the com port for comminicating with different devices. The sodtware that I use will run in a VM but will not communicate with hte com port and has to be a true raw dos boot. I have tried a VM and dos box, still unsecessful.

 

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Posted 11 September 2014 - 01:41 PM

Hi Mike,

 

Thanks for providing the extra information.

 

Using Grub4Dos it should be possible to load the files you have now on the USB, if you need to store data the best option will be to create a small Fat32 partition on the Hard Disk.

Take a look at this http://www.rmprepusb.com/tutorials/makegrub4dosiso#TOC-Make-a-large-DOS-bootable-CD-without-needing-CD-drivers-

 

It's simple to add an entry to the Windows XP boot menu to load Grub4dos or use grub4dos to control the boot, guide here.


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