installing win9x without a floppy or cd drive

January 1, 2011 at 18:02:05
Specs: Windows Me, 850/256
i have a laptop with no flobby drive and the cd drive is shot and the hard drive is formatted to fat32 how can i make the hard drive bootable to dos and i have copyed the windows me files on to the hard drive so all i need now and dos to run setup can anybody help me and heres a idea is HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool it will format your usb flobby drive and make it bootable is there a program that will do the same with hard drive please somebody help me

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#1
January 1, 2011 at 18:31:10
To make the hard drive bootable you boot from some other drive using a 98 or ME bootdisk or boot cd. Then at the dos prompt type sys c: and enter.

Or temporarily take the drive out and attach it as a slave to another PC. If you don't already have one, there are adapters to attach a 2.5 laptop drive to a desktop. They're available on ebay and other sites.

That PC should have 98 or ME on it or you need to boot it from a 98 or ME bootdisk or cd. (You must have done something like that to get the files copied to the drive.) As that PC probably will have another HD you'll need to verify what drive letter is assigned to the laptop drive. You can probably do that with a dir on each possible drive letter (dir C:, dir D:, etc.) until you find the one that lists your ME files.

Then do the SYS command but using that drive letter. So for example, if the DIR from dos shows the files at drive D: you'd type sys d: and enter. You should get a response of 'system transferred' when it's done.

Then put the drive back in the laptop and start it up. At the c:\> prompt type setup and enter or if you installed them in a separate directory type
c:\directory name\setup and enter.

Oh, and you probably should have explained the situation in your previous thread rather than start a new one.

Real men don't use AntiVirus; they just reformat


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#2
January 1, 2011 at 21:53:01
i really diden feel like added on to that one but yes i should have and it worked thank god so thanks

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#3
January 1, 2011 at 22:14:26
You're welcome. I'm glad it worked out.

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