microtel laptop with 4hdd/4gig of ram

February 23, 2011 at 05:41:00
Specs: win7 ultimate, 2.8amdx4/12g ram
i have written zeros to this harddrive and reformatted it in an effort to reload windows 98 or xp onto it, windows 98 will start installing and get down to having about 16 minutes left on the install and just sit their and never complete. i have tried reformatting over and over but can never get the os to completely install,,,is their something wrong with the hard drive or what. Everything else seems to be ok with the laptop,,is their a utility i can use beside the gwscan which rewrites zeros to the hard drive to see if its the drive or something else with the laptop

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June 6, 2011 at 17:11:32
i have written zeros to this harddrive and reformatted it in an effort to reload windows 98 or xp onto it, windows 98 will start installing and get down to having about 16 minutes left on the install and just sit their and never complete. i have tried reformatting over and over but can never get the os to completely install,,,is their something wrong with the hard drive or what. Everything else seems to be ok with the laptop,,is their a utility i can use beside the gwscan which rewrites zeros to the hard drive to see if its the drive or something else with the laptop

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June 6, 2011 at 20:49:36
I do not know why you would go through the trouble of writing zeros across the entire drive and then formatting unless you just wanted to wipe any old data off the drive for security reasons. If you do a FULL Format rather than a quick format you are already doing this. Note that Windows 98 supports only Fat16 and Fat32 formats, not NTFS.

If this is relatively new hardware you may not be able to run Windows 98 on it since it does not support SATA drives and many new hardware features and I doubt that you will find drivers written for your OS for the newer hardware.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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