Missing OS Floppy Disks

Ibm / Ps/1 2155
April 10, 2010 at 02:43:19
Specs: Windows 95, 486sx 33MHz/24mb
Hi, I got given a computer with its original OS disks. The computer is a IBM PS/1 2155. It has a 133mb hdd, upgraded from 16 to 24mb ram and Win95 currently installed from a CD. There is 13 OS floppy disks and I'm missing disk 11. The disks have DOS 6 and Win 3.1 on them. Can anyone help me find the missing disk for me please? Thanks in advance.

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#1
April 10, 2010 at 04:22:15
"Win95 currently installed from a CD. There is 13 OS floppy disks and I'm missing disk 11. The disks have DOS 6 and Win 3.1 on them"

So is it Win3.1 or Win95 that you're trying to track down/reinstall? Win95 (original) had a 13-disk set (3.5" format) but DOS 6 (3-disks) and Win3.1 (5-disks, or 8-disks for WfWG 3.11) wouldn't amount to 13.


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#2
April 10, 2010 at 11:35:28
Yeah, I can probably send you a win 3.1 disk or disk 11 of the win 95 13-disk set but which is it?

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#3
April 17, 2010 at 03:58:47
The disks belong to the IBM PS/1 system. There was 13 original back-up diskettes for it. I originally had it installed on the system but i wiped the hdd for some unknown reason. It comes up as a gray screen with a blue box with a selection to boot into DOS 6 or windows 3.1 or system settings etc. I installed a cd drive and upgraded it to windows 95 from the original CD. I hope this clears things up a bit. If not please tell me.

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#4
April 17, 2010 at 06:39:32

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#5
April 17, 2010 at 10:36:52
"I installed a cd drive and upgraded it to windows 95"

If you have Win95 installed from a CD, then you don't need any floppy discs.


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#6
April 17, 2010 at 13:32:54
If I remember correctly, Win 95 requires a Dos 5 or later boot floppy with CD Rom drivers on it to be able to install it, it is not a bootable cd.

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#7
April 17, 2010 at 14:38:46
I just wanted to install the original os back on it that's all.

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#8
April 17, 2010 at 22:34:30
But we're not clear on what you have to work with. Do you have the 95 isntallation cd you mentioned in # 3? If not, is your 13-disk set an installaiton set or a backup set (again from your # 3)? If it's a backup you made previously then we wouldn't be able to replace the missing disk.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#9
April 17, 2010 at 22:41:57
Easier said then done on your IBM, as we don't know which disk is missing in the IBM set, number 11 is their number.
As stated previously Dos 6 had 3 disks and Win 3.1 had 5 with Win 3.11 having 8 due to extra networking files.
IBM may well have included other programs during instalation and we can't know what.
The chances of finding someone with the same model that still has the disks are less then winning the lottery.

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#10
April 19, 2010 at 03:59:04
They're an original backup set. You might be right. The chances of finding it are hopeless. I'll keep on looking for it but I'll expect not to find it since it is really old.

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#11
April 19, 2010 at 23:29:45
Again, I'm not sure what you mean by 'backup'. It would usually mean you backed up your existing OS after you installed it. As I alluded to in # 8, that will be exclusive to your machine and you won't find it anywhere.

But if you mean you have the 13-disk windows 95 installation set then I have that and can send you the contents of the missing disk. All I need is your email address.

But you're talking about dos and windows 3.1 and 95 on CD so it's hard to know what you really need.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#12
April 26, 2010 at 06:30:03
The floppies reinstall the original system back onto the IBM.
The backup set has nothing to do with win95. It is not my
personal backup set I made. It is original IBM disks. Forget
about the win95 cd I mentioned earlier. That has nothing to do
with it. The set includes 13 floppies. Number 11 is missing.
The floppy has this written on the label

IBM ps/1 bku5
ps/1 - 2133/2155
back - up diskettes

diskette 11 of 13


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#13
April 26, 2010 at 22:48:56
That's clearer. It was confusing in that there's also a 13-disk windows 95 set.

I think your set is for the type 2133 and 2155 PS/1. This:

http://ps-2.kev009.com:8081/pcpartn...

indicates the disk contents may also be on the hard drive. Even though it has 95 on it now it's possible the RECOVERY directory is still on the hard drive. If not, it's likely another 2133 or 2155 owner will have them on their PS/1. You might google around for PS/1 groups or just older IBM's in general.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#14
April 27, 2010 at 01:36:45
Thank you for the website. It helped more about the recovery
set. In my 1st post I said I wiped the hdd so the recovery
folder isn't on their anymore. When I formatted it I used dos
with a full format so the whole thing was wiped clean. I'll try to
search google for it. Thanks again for the info.

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#15
April 27, 2010 at 11:56:22
You're welcome. I hope you find it.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#16
April 28, 2010 at 01:28:26
Thanks for all of your help.

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