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Reformat harddrive,what next?

By averytoledo ·
i have a laptop and i reformatted the hard drive. but i turned it off after the reformating. now when i turn it on it says invalid system disk replace and press any key. the laptop only has a cd rom attached to it. i tried putting the win 95 cd intoit but it will not load. how should i proceed next. my goal is to load win 95 on to it. what do i do? how do i get a dos prompt? the cd rom is noticed by the laptop however when i put cd in it the cd rom just keeps blinking.

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by zbrain75 In reply to Reformat harddrive,what n ...

Try setting your bios to boot from the CD-ROM. When the system begins to boot and test memory and hardware, you should be able to enter bios, by pressing something like <del>. Once in BIOS search for where you set your boot sequence, and set it toboot from CD-ROM first. Then when you boot, it should load and start the install package on the CD.

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by averytoledo In reply to Reformat harddrive,what n ...

DIDNT WORK

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by wanderer In reply to Reformat harddrive,what n ...

You don't have a system loaded on your laptop, if you have a win 95 boot disk, put it in the A: drive and boot the PC. At the dos prompt type: "sys c:" without the quotes, and hit enter. This will transfer the system files to your hard drive and you will be able to boot to the C: drive. But, I assume you are trying to load win95 on your pc, not just get it to boot. There are a couple of options depending on your hardware configuration. The easiest thing to do is have a friend with win98 makeyou a start up disk. A win98 startup disk will give you the option of booting your pc with CD Rom support.
1. Boot to win98 start up disk
2. Select Command prompt with CD Rom support 3. Insert win95 cd
4. change directories to the CD Rom (probably the E:\ drive)
5. Run Setup.exe

An other option is to add dos CD Rom drivers to your win95 boot disk, which is a bit more work.

If your PC will boot from the CD Rom, then buy a win98 cd(unlike the win95 cd, it is bootable) or have a friend burn you a bootable

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by averytoledo In reply to Reformat harddrive,what n ...

DIDNT WORK

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by clwicks In reply to Reformat harddrive,what n ...

Well now you know why you don't turn a machine off after reformatting the hard drive until you put the operating system back on it. If you have the ability and have a cable, emergency boot disk and a 3-1/2' floppy you can reboot the machine by temporarily installing the floppy on the motherboard of the laptop while you install the core components of the operating system (this may require a reformat in order to go through the procedure step-by- step utilizing the F-Disk utility). You should beable to do this without disconnecting your CD-ROM drive. Once this is completed you should be able to put your Windows CD in the drive and install Windows with no problem. After you complete the entire install/reboot/reboot cycle. Disconnect the floppy drive and replace the cast. You better ground yourself well because you will be working with the machine on and open. If you have any doubt about what you are doing, I seriously suggest that you take the machine to a qualified tech and let them reinstall your op

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by averytoledo In reply to Reformat harddrive,what n ...

DIDNT WORK

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by stewart1001 In reply to Reformat harddrive,what n ...

When you start your boot process, and it says press Del to run setup press the Del key, and then find where you put the boot sequence in and change that to put the CDROM first, and then exit and save. Always note any changes that you make in this selection, so you can always revert back to what it was. Then insert the Win95 CD in to the CDROM drive, and it should ask you if you would like to run the Win95 setup.. This only works if you have a new enough version of BIOS.. I wish you luck with your laptop.

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by averytoledo In reply to Reformat harddrive,what n ...

DIDNT WORK

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by JPTech In reply to Reformat harddrive,what n ...

Ok, they are definatly right about setting your pc to boot from the cd-rom drive if you don't have an external floppy drive you can hook up to the system, some ways to enter a bios are "del" key, "F2" key, "CTRL + Alt + Enter", etc. Once you enter the BIOS there should be an option like "Advanced" or something like that, u may need to search around, you should then see a boot priority option or boot sequence option, make sure it is set to "CD-Rom, Floppy (FDD), Hard Drive (HDD). When your done, you will want to switch it back to Floppy, Hard Drive.
Now, I'm not sure if the win95 cd is bootable, but I know the win98 and win98se ones are, so if win95 isn't you could use one of those ones. After you boot off the cd it will most likely load the windows setup.
And a tip if you ever format again, make sure u don't power off the system, and always format with this switch "Format c: /s"
That will make the c: drive bootable. Also it is a good idea to have cd-rom drivers in your autoexec.bat and config.sys on

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by averytoledo In reply to Reformat harddrive,what n ...

DIDNT WORK

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