|If you want to boot from the cdrom you need to make sure the cdrom is the first boot device in cmos/bios setup. If the hard drive comes before the cdrom then it'll stop there and give the error message. If the boot order is right it should boot from the cd regardless of the condition of the hard drive. But it might hang for awhile while detecting the hard drives if there's some problem with it. And of course you'll need a good hard drive to do the installation.|
The size of the new hard drive may be a consideration. If the drive is too big the bios may not be able to detect it. And if it's been in another computer you should run FDISK and remove the existing partition(s), then repartition, then reboot and FORMAT. Then do the installation.
You can probably do the install with the 98 upgrade disk. Just start the installation and when it asks for verification of a previous OS it'll allow you to insert the 95 cd. Once it knows you've got that it should go ahead and install 98.
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