Booting from HDD

  User-ABEC5348-006E-4BA0-AF13E42A1F3CDD56 14:59 14 Jan 2005

I have a old laptop with a removable Floppy drive and CD ROM, which run out of the same bay, so the machine can't take them both at the same time. I have formatted the HDD. The bios won't allow me to boot from the CD ROM, & when I boot from the WIN98 boot disk, it doesn't load the CD ROM drivers as there is no CD ROM Present. Can I make the hard drive bootable and load windows from there?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:14 14 Jan 2005

I have an old HP that does the same but the floppy drive can be plugged in with a cable via the parallel port, therefore both drives can be used together.

Insert and boot from floppy at c:\ propmt type copy a:\*.* c:
This should copy contents of floppy to hard drive.

reboot with cd drive in and see if it loads drivers

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:16 14 Jan 2005

Sorry that should read a:\ prompt.


copy sys c:

will copy system file to c drive and make the drive bootable but of course the drivers are still on the floppy

No it didn't help - I just get invalid system disk ....

  FelixTCat 16:19 14 Jan 2005

Put the floppy drive in with the windows boot drive in it. Boot the computer so that it boots from the floppy.

Type: sys c:

That will transfer te system files to the hard disk to make it bootable.

The type: copy *.* c: /s

That will copy all the other files from the floppy to the hard disk. Take out the disk from the floppy drive and reboot. It should now boot from the hard disk and, hopefully, ask if you want to include CD drivers.

Even if it doesn't ask, shut down and put the CD drive in the machine and reboot. You should now be able to access the CD. If you can't, please come back, as you will have to edit config.sys and autoexec.bat to load the cd driver.

  ACOLYTE 16:23 14 Jan 2005

click here this help?

Worked great!

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