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Hard drive REPLACEMENT and BOOT SEQUENCE

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by helpseeker, Nov 27, 2005.

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  1. helpseeker

    helpseeker Thread Starter

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    I have a laptop with a fully operational hard drive, but I want to replace it with a larger hard drive I just acquired (not sure if it's been formatted), and then load it with Win98SE and other software. I made a bootable floppy, and have the original Win98SE CD and the Microsoft floppy "Boot Disk, Windows 98 Series" that came with a different computer.

    Having never done something like this before, I could use and will appreciate some guidance.

    First, before removing the current HDD, what should be the proper boot sequence?

    After physically installing the new HDD I believe I have to format it by running fdisk, so what disk/CD should I use to boot from? And if I'm booting from one of the floppies, at what point do I install the Win98 CD?

    Any other tips and suggestions also will be appreciated. Thanks to all.
     
  2. ~Candy~

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    Do you have the ability to use the floppy drive and cdrom at the same time?

    Do you know if the Windows CD is bootable?
     
  3. Rockn

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    You could buy an adapter for your notebook hard drive and connect it to a PC, make a ghost image of the notebook drive then install your replacement (larger drive) into the PC and write the image to it. Put the larger drive in the laptop and away you go.

    http://www.cablestogo.com/product.asp?cat_id=906&sku=17705

    Most new hard drives come with some sort of imaging software.
    Unless your current drive is a mess with programs, etc. this is a much faster solution than re-installing an OS again.
     
  4. helpseeker

    helpseeker Thread Starter

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    Yes, I can use both drives at the same time.
    I don't know if the win98 CD is bootable. Other than trying it, how can I find out?
     
  5. Triple6

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    The Windows 98 CD is bootable and provides the tools required to partition and format the drive. There should be no need for a boot floppy. Just make sure to set the boot order in the BIOS so that the CD-ROM drive is the first boot device.
     
  6. helpseeker

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    Yeah, that would be nice, but I don't have a PC to do that with. I also don't have ghosting software.
     
  7. ~Candy~

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    As Triple said, set your bios to boot from the cdrom first and give it a shot. No harm will be done to test the cd. MOST 98SE cds I've seen are bootable. I believe there may be some OEM cds that aren't though ;)
     
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