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Dual Boot Ubuntu And W98


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#1 twinsdad

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 09:20 AM

Background: Using the free CD, I installed Ubuntu on an old laptop over a Windows OS that was badly corrupted. I was experimenting, didn't have the Windows CD, and wasn't terribly concerned if everything was lost. Surprised to discover how well Ubuntu seems to work, even tho finding and installing hardware drivers isn't much fun, and I'll probably never figure out how to make it play mp3's...but that's for later discussion.

Now I want to dual boot Ubuntu on this Compaq desktop which currently has W98SE. I have instructions on how to do this and feel fairly comfortable with the process, especially since I've backed up my important stuff and have the Compaq System Restore CD's in case something really nasty happens.

Here's my question: Assuming all goes well, I should have an opening screen at start-up which will let me boot into either W98 or Ubuntu; but if booted into Ubuntu, will I have easy access to the files contained within the W98 partition?

For example, I currently use OpenOffice with W98 and have many saved documents that I need to work with. Ubuntu comes bundled with OpenOffice, so I'm hoping that when booted into Ubuntu I can easily "grab" a document file from the W98 partition and bring it over to Ubuntu. Will it be as simple as that, or am I missing something here?

Perhaps that's why Ubuntu seems to want me to create a small (500MB) "swap" partition when I do the initial install? :thumbsup:

Any advice appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Posted 22 April 2007 - 11:09 AM

The Swap partition is an unformatted partition, that Linux can use for "Virtual Memory", similar to the Windows "Paging File".

Ubuntu will allow you to easily grab a file from the Windows 98 partition. The Windows partition should be listed in the "Computer" area of the file manager. If not, then it will be a folder in the '/disks' folder ('/' -> 'disks' -> 'windows'). It may be listed as a 'hda1' folder, or a 'windows' folder, or something similar.

Copying files back to the 98 partition is another story. Linux fully supports this for Windows 98*Grinler partitions, and has limited support for 2000/XP partitions. Yet, Ubuntu's security features seem to make this simple task more difficult.

Edited by Monster_user, 22 April 2007 - 11:14 AM.

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 09:25 PM

Monster_user: Thanks for the rapid and cogent response. I'll do the deed tomorrow and will post results.
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