6.22 HD re-partition question

February 25, 2017 at 07:00:43
Specs: Linux x86_64
I have a 486DX/2 machine with 6.22 running on a single partition 500MB HD. I would like to re-partition and install OS/2 in new partition. Is there any way to do this without destroying all the files in my existing DOS partition?

I have backups of everything on the HD now but it would be a big PITA to re-install it if there is another way.

Thanks for any advice.



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#1
February 25, 2017 at 07:30:57
What about adding a 2nd HDD?

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#2
February 25, 2017 at 07:40:16
My 486 machine is a Dolch portable, no physical room.

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#3
February 26, 2017 at 00:28:00

@skippylou

Yes,
BOOT System With MS-DOS 6.22 Setup Disk No #1 (OR MS-DOS BOOTABLE DISK).
** Press F5 Immediately After "Starting MS-DOS ..." Message (Bypass Setup Stage And Go to Command Prompt).
Run FDISK.
FDISK is "MS-DOS Fixed Disk Partition Manager" (External Command/Program).
Delete Partition(s) and/or Create New Partition(s).
Then, Re-Boot System (**).
Just, Format New Partition(s) With FORMAT Program/External Command (FORMAT C:/D:/E: ...)
NOTE: [C:] IS YOUR FIRST PARTITION IN FIRST PHYSICAL HDD.
Or Run Setup For MS-DOS Complete Installation.

Good Luck.


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#4
February 26, 2017 at 03:17:45
Hi Skippylou,

I would tread very carefully if attempting what you are suggesting, as I feel it is a non standard dos procedure - splitting an existing partition into two or more partitions and hoping existing date remains untouched. .
(There used to be an application (Partition Manager?) that could do this, but am unsure how existing data was handled.)

Because of this, there is a risk it would WIPE or DAMAGE any existing files and/or folders on the .HD..

Especially as after partitioning, generally one formats partitions.

Also, are there any benefits in installing OS/2?

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

message edited by Mike Newcomb


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#5
October 24, 2017 at 17:26:51
TechDOS's reply will destroy your data.

Use Partition Magic 8.0 and you can shrink the existing partition to make room for another partition for OS/2.

PM 8.0 no longer will format a partition with HPFS. IIRC Version 6.0 will.

PM 8.0 can handle drives up to 128 GB in size. Any drive larger than that and it gives errors due to 48bit addressing.


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