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Old May 18th 10, 12:26 PM posted to microsoft.public.win98.disks.general
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Default Problem with accessing a partition

My 160GB Western Digital (48-bit LBA), PATA hard disk (the only HD I have on
this machine) is for a reason partitioned as follows:
C: (Win98se, primary, 14.5GB), * (WinXP, primary, 30.6GB), D: (logical,
11.8GB), E: (logical, 7.6 GB) and * (unallocated, primary, 87.5 GB).
All partitions are FAT32, created with the aid of Partition Magic (of Power
Both OSs have been installed independently of each other.
I keep documents and photos on D: and some older backups on E:. Both
partitions are easily accesible for the active OS.
Yesterday, I tried to cross the 32GB limit (by 3GB) on the WinXP partition,
by resizing it (while in a hidden status). I did it with the aid of Partition
Magic 8.0 in Win 98se. After this resizing WinXP seemed to work OK and I
could easily access the files on the D: and E: partitions. However, I was
unable to access files on D: from Win98se - their names were scrumbled.
Strangely enough files on E: were accesible.
After resizing the WinXP partition down to the previous size, clicking on D:
issued a message of the type: “D:\ is not accessible, a system device doesn’t
work”. However, restarting Win98se returned everything to normal.
Do you have any idea about the reason of such a behavior?
Is there any chance to use bigger than 32 GB WinXP partition on my system
without compromising normal work of Win98se?
Thanks for your help,


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