|I have a Dell desktop with Windows XP SP3 installed. |
I don't want to mess up my MBR because it's a bit of a hassle to reestablish it so that I can restore it using my preinstalled factory partition. Although, if I had too, I probably could as I've done it once before when I had to install windows XP on another hard drive to clean my primary RAID configured hard drives. It was quite a while before I figured out what to do, a hassle I'd prefer not to have to go through again.
Okay, I'm attempting to install windows 98 on another Hard drive that used to have windows 98.
I turn off my other three hard drives via the bios, leaving only my DVD writer and my Win98 drive running. I boot up with a downloaded A: 98 SE boot disk with CDROM support. I go to F:\win98, and F: is my DVD writer drive, for some reason, and then I type setup.
Then Windows 98 pops up a screen saying that scandisk has found an error on the hard drive. It wants to do a full scan of my hard drive. I think this might be normal, although it appears to find the error without doing a scan, unless it does one quickly in the process of bringing up the windows 98 setup screen. Anyhow, it tells me that it cannot install windows 98 when there is an error.
Now about the hard drive in question:
I formatted and partitioned it using Easuse Partition Master, Home edition, of course. I have a 10GB partition, upon which I plan to install windows 98 SE, and a 4.XGB partition upon which I'm going to attempt to make an image backup of my Windows 98 once I'm done installing all of the necessary drivers and updates that I can still find either in my possession or online.
Now I scanned the harddrive in question with cmd's chkdsk, and through windows XP drive properties. Being a Maxtor drive, I scanned the drive with the SeaTools boot disk, but neither could find an error, and if the windows XP Chkdsk did find any error, it didn't report it.
I'm not sure what to do next. I've been hesitant to allow scandisk to isolate the sectors it thinks are bad, and if I did, would that allow me to install windows 98, because it literally takes hours for scandisk to complete it's sector by sector scan in the windows 98 setup process.
The next thing I'm going to try in the immediate is to use Easeuse Partition master to attempt to bring my drive back to the way it was, no partitions in hopes that partitioning it with fdisk instead will be more conducive to windows 98 installation.
I managed to finally get into the Win98 install screen. I did this by using the wipe option in the above program, and it set my hard drive to unallocated across. I then booted with the floppy disk again and used Fdisk to partition and then I formatted both drives that I had just partitioned. Scandisk did not pop up this time, the windows 98 install screen popped up and gave me a
This message told me that it cannot install windows98 and that I cannot use a Hard Drive formatted with NTFS and something else with an H in it, not FAT32.
Anyhow, I reactivated my boot drives, and checked out the drive, it's formatted using FAT32, so I'm not sure what the problem is. I'm going to look around online concerning that message.