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By SNIS7 ·
hi,
i've been working on a very old pc, i mean old. this pc was infect with virus so i had little choice on recovering all data and end reformatting it. now, the pc was running win 98 and i wasn't provided with a startup disk.i had no luck on finding a startup disk in win 98 SE that i have so i went to bootdisk.com and and copied a boot disk from the site. when i reformat the hdd, i pop the boot disk but it leads to no nowhere. it just analized the drive. is there a boot disk that would boot the hdd and partition at the same time? i've tried installing the hdd to my pc but its way to old for my main board to read it. so i'm way out of luck and hard to find all the info i need. can any one lead me to the right steps and tools? thanks in advance.

note: hdd only has 582 mb cap.
there's two hdd by the way one running as
slave. both w/ same situation.

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by Gigelul In reply to HARD TO FIND

Hi,
Use fdisk from boot diskette.
1-change in BIOS boot sequence to A,C,...
2-boot with diskette in drive
3-type: fdisk/mbr
4-after that power off.
5-boot again from floppy
6-type: fdisk and from menu chose delete partition
7-restart
8-bootagain from floppy
9-type: fdisk and from menu use create partition and then mark as active partition.
10-restart
11-type: format c:
Now the HDD is ready for install the OS
If you have an Win98 CD, insert in CD-ROM and:
12-type: (if d:\ is your CD-ROM)
13-type: cd win98
14-type: setup
Now begin the instalation.
At first restart remove diskette. The instalation will continue from CD.

If your system have in BIOS the boot sequence: CD-ROM, C, .. after step7 you can insert Win98 CD (original CD or a good copy-bootable CD) in CD-ROM and the instalation will start automatically.

If you don't have a CD-ROM on this system after step11 move the HDD in other system and copy the Win98 kit. Ignore step12 and continue with step13.

Before all these you must be sure that in BIOS your HDD was detected correct.

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by Gigelul In reply to HARD TO FIND

Boot diskette from www.bootdisk.com which contain: fdisk, format and CD-ROM driver.

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by SNIS7 In reply to HARD TO FIND

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by TheChas In reply to HARD TO FIND

Florinel gave you a good guide for setting up the system.

The only thing left out, is that you cannot simply copy the boot files onto any floppy and use it as a boot disk.
The floppy either needs to be formatted as a bootable floppy, or you needto run the system command (sys a:) to make the floppy bootable.

In most PCs running W98, you can create a bootable startup disk from Control Panel / Add/Remove Programs, click on the startup disk tab.

Chas

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by SNIS7 In reply to HARD TO FIND

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by RCOM In reply to HARD TO FIND

Florinel and Chas are a couple of the ACES on this site and have correctly answered so, so many questions. Don't get me wrong, these answers are not incorrect but parts don't seem to fully match the situation. Since this is a very old system there would not be a choice to boot to the CDROM.
If the floppy wasn't formatted there would have been an error message, "insert system disk, press any key to continue". I think the poster would have been mentioned as part of the problem.

I'm not sure what is meant by analizing the drive.

I'll assume your PC has a different OS that's why you didn't use it to create a boot disk.

If the drives are over 500MB I don't see why PC's BIOS didn't recognize them.

This may seem like a dumb question but did you go into the BIOS setup to input the drive info?

There may have been an issue with the jumper settings. Say you installed C drive from the PC your working on into your PC and it was jumpered to have a slave attached. It would notcome up if it was connected alone or as a slave. If unsure connect both drives in your PC on 1 cable the same as they were. The cable select jumper may also work. You may even need to input the cilynders, heads and sectors manually but it should read the drives.

It would have helped with responding by knowing exactly what drives are in the system and what CPU etc was installed.

The other thing that comes to mind is if the BIOS is so old that it won't read a drive over 512MB then the drives may have had software installed to set them up. Does the settings in the BIOS match or show the full capacity of the drives?

Hope there's something that may help.

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by sage138john In reply to HARD TO FIND

i've done the same not so long back recoverd an old socket 3, socket 5 & a socket 7 system in all sences there not worth recovering because of obsoletion of parts and limited upgrades "asumming the pc is this old" all of the above answers credit given wre credit due!!
power settings will not be of a problem at all as long as the hardware functions, youll be ok, you can format the hdd on your own pc but dont try reading at first scan it on your own thorough-autofix errors place it back in the old pc use one ide cable cdrom slave hdd master "the info on the hdd & cdrom will tell you wich jumper is wich, make sure that your cmos/bios is set up back to the original/manufacturers settings, settup bios to cdrom first use the cdrom for the bootup it has every thing you need on there it has less chance getting infected or have any errors on.
because you have already formatted the hdd it will ask boot with cdrom support "yes" start winows 98 setup and off you go if all of our suggestion are not working either bin the pc or renew some of the hardware reason being depending on the viruses they may of made the hardware defective there are going to be three areaes, cpu, memory and hdd, again this goes back to the limitations of upgrading 582hdd will not be a very good option inthe long run because of the sizes of the software knower days aspecialy the o/s 98se is aprox 275 mb possibly more then ms office.

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