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Upgrading from W 98 (FE) to XP Home

By jc3116 ·
I recently bought a 40 G Western Digital Caviar HD (WD400BB) to replace a fried hard drive in an Athlon xp machine. I have full version of Win 98 (first edition) and an upgrade version of XP home. The drive will not format with the Win 98, and when I run setup with the XP, it asks for a previous version of Windows and then starts all over again after I perform the CD swap.
Is there a way to format this drive with 98 so that it will accept the XP upgrade?
The documentation that came with the drive says that it only supports back as far as 98 SE but the utilities from WD allow me to format the hd w/FAT 32 partitions.
Does win 98 not work w/ FAT 32?
Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
I am a BellSouth DSL technician that has to deal with spyware, virus and winsock issues on a daily basis and have found this site to be very helpful.
Thank you for your time..

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by dmiles In reply to Upgrading from W 98 (FE) ...

. Do the upgrade from an existing older version of Windows on the hard disk (run \>setup if the XP CD doesn?t autostart when the CD is inserted, where is your CD-ROM drive) and remove partitions/partition/format the C: drive from Setup.

2. Boot to the CD-ROM drive, if your computer will boot to the CD-ROM drive (make it the first boot device and try). It will boot to Setup. If a previous version of Windows is not on the hard disk drive, it will ask you to insert a CD from qualifying version of Windows to verify before continuing the installation. I don?t know if your previous version of Windows will work. I have heard that Windows 95 cannot be upgraded to Windows XP; however, the qualifying products listed when I did it (several times) were:

"Please insert your Windows NT 3.51 Workstation, Windows NT 4.0 Workstation, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Millennium CD into your CD-ROM drive."

After verification, you can then delete, create, and format partitions.

3. From the DOS prompt, use Windows 98, Me (95 OSR2 might work) Startup floppy ( and Put a copy of smartdrv.exe on the Startup floppy. You should be able to find a copy on and existing Windows 9x/Me computer at C:\windows. It is on the CD?s in \win98. Use fdisk to partition the drive. Format the C: drive. Do not install the system files. If you have more than one partition, they can be formatted during the Windows XP installation or with Windows XP after it is installed. Also, use fdisk to manually make C: active if there is more one partition. Load smartdrv.exe?


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