Sony Vaio PCG-F250. W98, 160 Mb RAM, 4.3 Gb HDD. Phoenix BIOS 4.0 release 6.0 version R0202K0.
I intend to replace my HDD with an Hitachi 20Gb device and do not anticipate too many problems with mechanical installation, formatting and s/ware installation. However, I can't see how to make the "save to disk" partition used when machine goes to hibernation / battery save. Fdisk reports a 170 Mb (4%) non-DOS partition (partition 2) in addition to the primary DOS partition.
When bought, the machine came with the recovery disk only and no OS or utility disk to create the required partition (CAB files look to be on the original HDD but this won't be a problem as I've bought W98SE OEM with the drive to use if all else fails!)
Can anyone point me in the right direction please?
With Phoenix bios you need a utility called PHdisk to set the save to disk partition, explore the recovery or driver disks, it should be there somewhere. If not you should be able to get a copy from Sony, or do a web search. It's specific to Phoenix bios and needs to be run in DOS, but is pretty automatic when done.