New HDD setup/install in laptop

  Pamy 19:14 03 Jan 2004

can anyone advise me how to setup and install a new HDD in a laptop.(toshiba Tecra 700ct)
My original drive has passed away and I have obtained a replacement, but when I booted up I got the following message...Invalid system disk, replace disk and press any key to continue.

I understand like any new disk it neads to be formatted and the windows operating system installed, so what I nead to know is ..How do I Do It?
Thanks in advance, Pamy

  Big Elf 19:22 03 Jan 2004

As you've guessed the drive needs formatting. Do you have a boot floppy disk and the Windows installation CD? Depending on your OS you can download a boot disk from click here

  Big Elf 19:46 03 Jan 2004

I've just recalled then when I replaced a hard drive in an old laptop I had to use the fdisk c: command first. Also the full size of the new drive may not be recognised in the BIOS.

  Pamy 21:45 03 Jan 2004

thanks for quick repy. No I do not have a boot disk but I do have the windows installation disk.

When I first turn on the computer what should I do?
Should the boot up disk be in the floppy drive before swiching on ,or do I insert it after I get the message mentioned?

My original disk was 1.2 Mb the new one is hopefully the bios will recognise it or at least 1.2Mb.


  Big Elf 21:58 03 Jan 2004

Unless you have a later version of Windows that boot from CD then you need the boot floppy disk which should be in the drive before switching on. With luck the BIOS will recognise the new size (fingers crossed).

  Pamy 22:25 03 Jan 2004

Once again thanks for advise. Will get boot disk and keep fingers crossed.

  Big Elf 22:30 03 Jan 2004

This might help. Although it's for Win98 it will help with (some) other Windows OS's as well click here

Also if you enter 'formatting a hard disk' into Google you'll get a lot of sites that will give step by step advice.

  Pamy 17:43 04 Jan 2004

Thanks agian for your help. Fdisked, Formated and win98 installed OK

4Mb recognised, fingers now uncrossed.


  Big Elf 18:18 04 Jan 2004

Good news!

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