Hi I have just got an old 286 PC, after boot up it came to the C: I wanted to format it fat 16. I popped the Win 98 in and pressed OK unfortunately I hadn’t put the floppy in all the way and since then the PC comes up with hard disk . I would like to get it back into use as the HD is D shaped or best described as it has a long rounded corner and even my oldest drives wont fit. I could run a Seagate test but I can’t find what I need to down load onto a floppy to check the drive if that’s possible.
It was set to boot from the 5.1/4 drive so I changed it to 3.1/2. The drive spins ok and then stops I have tried a good drive in and its fine. I have removed the old ISA card that the HD connects to and reseated it changed IDE cable etc.
Ray5776, I like to tinker with old PCs and the early Windows and DOS programs. Many people have helped me sort the above out here at PCA in the past. Back to the HD after reading my first post it should read it comes up with HD Failure. Press F1 to continue or F2 to enter Setup. There are only 2 drives two flopies one 3.1/2 and 5.1/4 there is not an option for a CD in Setup. The Drive is a Segate ST 157A-1 around 45MB it has 3disks as I have had a look inside it and it seems to function ok. I have tried to boot from both drives but its no go.