ok, i have an old laptop, with a hard drive but no operating system on it. it has a floppy drive, but no cd drive or usb ports.
I have a genuine copy of win98 on CD amd i want to install it.
How do i go about doing this?
1) is your 98 CD, OEM or retail?
2) if retail, is it installed on any other computer?
3) I assume you have access to another system that DOES have a CD drive, yes?
4) How big is the HD in the laptop?
5) is it IDE?
i dont know if its OEM or retail sorry,
No its not installed on another PC,
Yes i have acsess to a PC with a CD drive.,
I also have the cable that allows me to plug the blank hdd into my usb port,
i just dont know how to install things onto it via usb,
the laptop hdd is really small, like 2gb.
I'll assume it's formatted FAT32. Just create a directory called (say) win98_cd and copy your whole cd into this directory. Then put it back in your laptop and boot with the win98 floppy as per usual. At the command prompt cd to win98_cd/win98/setup (or wherever - I forget) and run setup.exe.
Try and erase and format the HDD from your XP comp. Make 2 partitions with fdisk - 1 for the OS (C) and 1 for Win 98 installation files (D). Then put the HDD back into the laptop and boot with a floopy. Run windows setup from D:\
hang fire a bit - we're going to confuse the issue here.
eneless - with respect I know where you're going with this but this is not the problem. win98 can be installed onto the same partition that the source files are on.
Let's forget trying to install the OS for a minute.
The HD is formatted and contains files - they can be seen on the XP system.
The BIOS on the laptop recognises the disk.
The (DOS) win95 boot disk doesn't recognise the disk. That's the current problem.
You connect the HDD to your XP (of course).
To make this safe disconnect the other HDD.
Boot with win98 floppy and get to where the screen says A:\
Type fdisk and choose "view partition..."
Here it probably says that there is 1 partition (C) that is 2 GB (as you said)
If so - fine
Go back to the main menu (Escape)
Choose delete partition and follow the instructions on the screen
After that - press "esc" until you get back to where it says A:\
Reboot and go to fdisk once again
Choose create primary dos partition
Here I would make a partition about 1.7 GB (if the HDD is 2 GB)
After that - back to the main menu and choose create secondary part.
Use whatever space is left (must be enough for the win 98 installation files)
When finished, reboot
At the A:\ prompt format the C and D partitions (make sure you only have the laptop HDD connected)
Then - turn the comp off and reconnect your XP drive
From XP you can copy the win 98 files (not an image) to the small partition on your laptop HDD.
If you feel want to do all this the rest is easy - you put the HDD back where it belongs, boot with a floppy and run D:\setup
If you connect the HDD to your XP comp you can, after booting, click the drive in "My computer". There it says which format it is. While in XP you can easily format the drive by right-clicking and choosing format (and choose FAT32).
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