Install XP w/out CD Drive..

Gateway laptop / 600ygr
March 5, 2009 at 14:58:50
Specs: Windows 98se, 512
Greetings! This is stumping me. This Laptop was handed to me. Does Not Work! Huh, No Hard Drive; so, I installed one.Then, DVD/CD Drive does not "work". So, I placed "FREEDOS" onto a floppy and plugged in a USB External CD Drive.
I was successful at "Copying" the WIN98 cd files to the New HD. Then "Installed" Win98, all is okay to this point. ..But, I cannot "Copy" the XP fIles to the HD (in order to Boot XP after I startup win98.)Only Partial Files Copy. The CD is not questionable /nor the External cd drive.( I have tried several), but only partial files are being copied to [C:]
I thought if I could get WIn98 to "Recognize" My {wired} Network, then I could then transfer the files from a current {other} pc to the Win98 one. i seem so close,yet so far from simply getting XP Files onto this laptop's HD!?

Thanks for any Help -EZ


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#1
March 5, 2009 at 15:52:33
Are you able to set the bios to boot removable media and set the external usb drive as the first boot device?

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#2
March 7, 2009 at 00:35:23
If the external cd-rom can be read from dos you should be able to start the xp install from dos.

To start the install you will need a dos boot floppy with Smartdrv.exe (google should find you a copy) and that has been configured properly, a 98se boot disk should work fine so long as you copy Smartdrv.exe onto it.

You may or may not need to setup a fat/fat32 partition prior to this.

Smartdrv.exe
x:
cd x:\
cd x:\i386
winnt.exe

Where x:\ is the cd drive

Alternatively if the cd drive can be accessed from win98 navigate to x:\i386 and double click on winnt32.exe.

Edit:
Got side tracked if you don't want to install from cd smartdrv may help with you copying issue...

Also what file system is being used? I'm pretty sure fat<32 has a limit on root entries - you could try copying to another [sub]directory.


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