How to copy O/S Win 98 without a CD rom?

January 6, 2010 at 00:33:05
Specs: New HDD
I've got my DVD rom slot damaged and a HDD without an OS in it.

I've a bootable Floppy disk.

Is dere any way to copy Win 98 to my HDD via USB at least in MS DOS mode?

Pls help me it is very urgent.

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January 6, 2010 at 01:31:50
... first format the harddrive

Format C: /S [press enter]

... refer to >>#Response Number 7+11<< once you bootup with the usb device you could copy the win98 folder to the harddrive and run setup from within providing the drive is sys'd bootable(?)

... or navigate to the win98 folder from the win98 bootup floppy



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Grrrr... ....more

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January 6, 2010 at 02:01:46
Better yet purchase a new CD drive

That's what I'd do, but I've thrown out all my 98 machines now (CD Drives included)

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January 6, 2010 at 02:33:46
many many THNX mavis007

hope this'll work

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January 6, 2010 at 09:07:37
You can easily get a network bootable disk like barts flopppy.

Then share the cd on a computer that is connected via lan and load the OS.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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January 6, 2010 at 09:37:28
You're going to need a CD/DVD drive eventually...get one now & save the hassles!

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January 6, 2010 at 20:38:35
Many thnx everybody - for ur time & great support.

I've already bought a slim DVD R/W rom & can connect via USB - this is not currently recognized as my Laptop is without an O/S.

I am working with response # 1 and seems giong well - but not yet completed....

By the way regarding response # 4 - I've already got a bootable floppy - but what's special in barts floppy?

and to do the rest u need to have Admin Rights? ........

can u explain bit more......

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January 6, 2010 at 22:50:56
Have yoiu checked the OS specs for your external DVD burner? Is it compatible with 98?

Does your laptop support booting from USB? If not there's no sense making a bootable USB drive.

You don't need to worry about administrative rights with 98.

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January 6, 2010 at 23:15:08
Thnx Daveincaps,

Ur comments sounds great ...

DVD burner compatible with W98

Bootable USB done - i think some BIOS config required to make booted from USB - isn't it?

By the way I've got MS Windows Server 2003 R2 on LAN -

Pleeeezzz ....I need advise on proceding ahead with connecting to LAN & loading OS

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January 7, 2010 at 00:09:56
The bios either allows USB booting or doesn't, that is, if it doesn't there's nothing to change to make it so. If it does, you'll want to set the USB boot device as first on the list.

If you're going to transfer the 98 install files via LAN you don't need to boot from USB. The purpose of booting from USB would be to have the 98 files on the USB device. Then once you boot up you just copy them to the hard drive.

I've never copied files to a PC over LAN so can't advise specifically on that. The last time I copied between computers was over a comm port with Interlnk and Intersvr from dos 6.22. But it's not a big deal. Hopefully Jefro or someone else will post back with details.

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January 7, 2010 at 00:28:21
I was thinking, if your bios does allow USB booting then maybe it'll boot from your DVD burner. If so, you could just boot from the 98 cd and do the install.

There may be some bios limits on what USB devices you can boot from but it's something to look into.

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January 7, 2010 at 01:23:44
Exactly Daveincaps - res # 10 is a clever idea - - I agree with u & it is really worth try

[ If it works - I love to re-name "Daveincaps" as Divine-caps ]

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January 7, 2010 at 22:16:08
Thanks, I hope it works out. Besides the possible methods already mentioned above you could remove the drive from the laptop, attach it to a 2.5/3.5 adapter or mount in a USB box and copy the files to it directly from the other PC.

Or you could build a bootdisk with USB support and copy the files from a flash drive. Dos USB support is kind of 'iffy' and is something else I haven't tried but others claim success.. You might check at for info on that.

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January 8, 2010 at 20:38:27
Tank You very much every body and I solved the problem as mentioned in the Res # 12 as my PC doesn't support USB booting. It is a great relief to see my PC working again...........

But there is another tragedy ..... Touch pad is NOT recognized by the PC -

I down loaded drivers from DELL website and installed it ......... NO improvement .....

I checked the BIOS settings & it is for both "TP & P/S2 mouse" - I remember it was same like before formatting the C drive............

Pls ..... my dear PC experts.... can u help me resolve my dilemma???

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January 8, 2010 at 21:05:19
Did you install all the driver you might need? Check in device manager (right click 'my computer'--properties--device manaer) and see if there's any yellow ? or ! associated with any hardware.

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January 8, 2010 at 21:35:06
Well - I just installed Win 98 & then upgraded with Win Xp OS - everything is OK -except TP.

I checked the DM - it showed PS2 mouse installed instead TP. I uninstaled that driver and installed the Downloaded driver from DELL website for TP.

After rebooting it shows now Dell TP driver but TP is not functions ----

As u said If I uninstall any driver the DM will show-up with yello OR ! symbols .........

but in this case there is no Yello colour OR ! symbols -

Is it bcos DM or OS doesn't recognize the TP ????
Is there anyway to resolve???

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January 8, 2010 at 22:24:52
I've seen where device manager will show everything OK but the installation of additional drivers is sometimes necessary. But I know nothing of the touchpad on that. Is there anyplace where it can be enabled/disabled?

If no one else posts in on this problem you may want to start a new thread in the XP forum.

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