I will start by enumerating (friendly ) current levels of apparent folly.
Level of folly 8.
There is NOT one need in the world to completely wipe any hard disk, let alone a 2 Tb one, you will have that poor drive stressed UNneededly for several hours.
You can wipe the first 100, 200 or if you really want to be thorough 2500 sectors, and the disk will be, for all that matters to *ANY* partitioning and formatting tool EXACTLY as it was completely wiped.
Level of folly 7.
Should the message have not been clear before, the 2 Tb disk is too d@mn BIG to be a suitable test platform.
It is so d@mn BIG that you may encounter several, and I mean several different "barriers", "limits" and what not.
Get a smaller hard disk to do the tests, as you had already enough bad results to hope that anything will start working by sheer magic, unless of course you already succeeded in what you want to do in the meantime,
If I were Multibooter I would set the 2 Tb aside (without actually wiping it fully and not even "partially") and get a smaller hard disk, the smaller the better, then start some experiments with some order (and method).
Any of Partition Magic or Acronis apps may introduce some "quirks" to both the partitioning and to the formatting, so I woulsd stay well clear of them and do things "manually" using "simpler" and less "automagic" partition tools.
Because there are BIG changes between NT based systems (these having a dividing line between "up to XP" and "Vista and later") and DOS/Win9x/Me and (obviously) MUCH bigger changes between the former ones and Linux, if you "shuffle" all together these three (actually four) (very, very) different platforms, it is unlkely you will get anywhere soon (that is without infinite atttempts and countless failures/data loss, etc.).
I would suggest you to go in "couples", choosing one (and only one among):
- Linux vs. Windows VIsta (or later)
- Linux vs. NT up to XP
- Linux vs Win9x
then, once you have found and hopefully solved the "big" issues, and have a "common" filesystem without loss of data (i.e. a working couple) get to the other "term" of one of the "other" two couples, i.e. as an example, if you choose (and succeed with):
- Linux vs. NT up to XP
then you can tackle EITHER of:
- Linux vs. Win9x
- NT up to XP vs. Win9x
(they will be the same thing).
By doing (like you are seemingly up to):
- Linux vs. NT up to XP vs. Win9x
you risk (IMHO) to put too many things together...