Partitioning Step-by-Step

OK, now that we have pointed out why you might want multiple partitions, let’s look at how to do it. If you have a new hard drive, or you want to start over with a fresh start, Windows provides a tool called FDisk, found on the Windows 98 startup disk. To use it, boot from the startup disk and type FDisk at the A:\> prompt. You should see this screen if your hard drive is larger than 2 Gigabytes:

Answer Yes, and the next screen will be this one:

Option 4 will allow you to display the partition information for the current disk, like so:

Pressing Y will get you the information about the logical partitions within the extended partitions. In this case, there is one which uses all the space of the extended partition, so we won’t worry about it.


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