|Is the restore disk a floppy? Usually they are CDs, but a little research done on your model number indicates to my best understanding that the last available BIOS file (05603033.EXE) was dated feb 97 which puts it on the brink of CDs to begin with. That and I found a hard disk restore floppy executable at Sandy Flat's (click here) site (AST miscellaneous) which has some of the quoted error messages you report in it's autoexec.bat file. So I'm thinking that's what you are looking at. That is a proper bootdisk and with CDROM drivers current for that day and age. Do you have a CDROM drive installed? Make and model again for that too. That info is usually found on the back of the frame of the drive itself which means you might have to "open the hood" and go inside to find out.|
It will give that error message if the custom made isccdrom.exe file that is run has an error level of 255 - no saying what that really means as far as hard drive detection goes as it may NOT be the last word in hard drive detecting utilities. But if you have a problem with the hard drive not being formatted and partitioned you would wind up here for sure. You have both format.exe and fdisk.exe on board the floppy, proper path statements have already been submitted, all you need do next is type
and you will be presented with what the fdisk program can make of your hardrive and it's current condition. Please report what it says.
What you've got is really old and perhaps someday worth a penny or two - the company is long, long gone.