Hi Kyle :-)

First, Win98 and DOS ignore NTFS drives. Second, FDISK
should easily allow up to 4 primary partitions, but in
most cases at most 3, because you need 1 extended to
put all the additional drives as a chain there.

However, only one partition can be the one which boots
by default. So you need a boot menu. Newer versions
of Windows and Linux include such a boot menu. You
can also use METAKERN which is a very minimalistic
boot menu for DOS. It is tricky to install but has
enough power to triple-boot Win98, FreeDOS and XP.

You probably have to be careful to install XP on
the other partition because it will prefer to be
an upgrade which replaces Win98.
The text about step 1 probably refers to the fact that
if you use a minimal boot disk to create that bootable
USB with FreeDOS, it will not have FDISK on it yet. If
you use a more complete distro of FreeDOS, things get
easier and you probably do not even need Rufus.

There are a few FDISK variants for FreeDOS and some do
have some oddities in how to use them. For example you
may have to edit a config file to activate LBA support
for big disks or FAT32 support, in case you are in the
unlucky situation that your install has configured the
FDISK tool in question configured to DISable those. I
think the most popular ones are free FDISK and XFDISK.

Finally, some fun thing about putting FreeDOS and Win98
on the same C: drive at the same time: If FreeDOS finds
fdconfig.sys then it will prefer that instead of normal
config.sys, so you can give FreeDOS one and Win98 the
other. In fdconfig.sys, you can configure the FreeDOS
command.com SHELL line to use a different file instead
of autoexec.bat, so you can also keep separate configs
for the autoexec and command.com of Win98 and FreeDOS
and let each use a different version of command.com :-)

Cheers, Eric

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