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Installing window into an harddrive error

October 16, 2010 at 21:22:56
Specs: Windows 7, Unknown
Hello, I was wondering how do i install windows into a hard drive using a different computer. When i try install window 98 into a hard drive i receive an error saying
PXE-E53: No boot filename received
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM

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October 16, 2010 at 21:41:36
That error usually means the bios is not finding the hard drive and it's going through all the boot devices trying to find an OS. The PXE stuff is your network connection. But to be sure, check the boot order in cmos/bios setup to make sure the hard drive is showing there.

It's usually best to install the OS on the computer it's to be used on. With XP and above that's a must. With 98 you can usually install it on another PC and move the drive but it's kind of a hassle getting it setup on the other computer.

But first post back the specs of the soon-to-be 98 PC--motherboard, cpu, ram--and size and type of the hard drive. (Please don't say you have a SATA drive if youi're installing 98.) Assuming it's an older machine--since you're installing 98--it's possible the bios can't see a large drive properly.

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October 17, 2010 at 08:41:56
motherboard, cpu: Not sure but its a IBM Thinkpad 560 Model 2640-10U
ram: 64mb + 8mb built into the mboard
and size and type of the hard drive: IBM Model: DTNA-22110 E182115 S (16Heads) 2.1gb

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October 17, 2010 at 15:52:43
OK, the drive is certainly compatible with the computer.

As I mentioned above, verify the bios is seeing the drive. It'll show on the posting screen, bios setup page or both. If it doesn't then either the drive or its cable is bad or something isn't enabled in cmos. Verify the boot order--CDROM then hard drive.

When you're sure the bios is seeing the drive, boot up with the cd and choose to start up with or without cdrom support--it doesn't matter as yet.

Then at the dos prompt type FDISK and enter. Answer Y to large disk support. Probably go ahead and choose option 3 and delete all the existing partitions. Then, back at the main menu, choose option 1 and create a new partition. For convience choose to use all the space in a single partition.

When it's done exit FDISK and reboot from the cd again. This time choose 'cdrom support'. (Well, maybe it doesn't matter since you're booting from the cd). Anyway. at the dos prompt type FORMAT C: and enter.

When it's done type SETUP and enter. That should start the installation.

During the installation 98 will have the PC reboot a couple of times. You should get the 'boot from cd, boot from hard drive' option. Choose to boot from the hard drive. The only time you boot from the cd is when yoiu start the installation.

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October 19, 2010 at 16:48:53
Setup cannot install windows 98 on your computer. A disk error was detected while writing a new boot record to your first hard disk. Press enter to quit setup

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October 19, 2010 at 21:11:32
At what point in the installation process did it give that error?

Did you run fdisk and delete and then recreate the partition and then format? Also, boot up with the 98 cd and go to the prompt and type FDISK/MBR and enter. That will refresh the master boot record and sometimes fix problems there.

If that doesn't do it you may need to download a diagnostic from the drive manufacturer. Generally it's a cd image file you would use to create a bootable cd. Then run the diagnostic. It may be available in floppy format too.

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