gplatt2000 14:25 16 Apr 2003

After recieving lots of help about installing a new hard drive, I now need to know one more thing before formatting the old one. I presume that I will need to get all the drivers for all my hardware and reinstall them agin? If so, is there a way in Windows 98 to find out what hardware I hve? Thanks in advance, Gavin.

  24seven 14:37 16 Apr 2003


If you install and run Belarc Advisor (only a small file) from click here it will give you a list of all of the hardware and software in your PC. You could then use this info to save the latest drivers (somewhere else of course) before you format.

  MartinT-B 14:45 16 Apr 2003

The most important driver is for your MOtherboard.

I haven't seen you previous posts so I am not aware of your set-up.

The most important driver you need controls the MoBo and how it communicates with the rest of the PC. Somre are easy such as the Via 4-in-1, others are not as easy and need to have a series of separeate installs.

My nForce2 Drivers had to be loaded in 3 stages, omitting the 4th stage as XP had released new USB drivers with service pack 1 which superceded the ones on my disk.

If you know which MoBo you have, just go to the manufacturers website, seach for your MoBo and there should be a download link with the driver(s) you'll need.

personally, I back-up to CD all the drivers I download, as I get them. This gives me a CD called 'drivers' full of folders with full names and D/L dates and 1 driver in each. IE ATI Catalyst for 9500Pro 16.04.03

  gplatt2000 15:03 16 Apr 2003

Thanks for your avice peeps. Will my computer start up even though there is no info on my HD? I've heard something about a boot-disk?

  rickf 15:25 16 Apr 2003

If I understand you correctly you have added a new h/d and is going 5o use the old h/d as a 2nd drive. In this case, assuming your os is in the new one, the drivers would be installed here. The 2nd,as slave will have to be formatted and partitioned if necessary and away you go. Hope I am right in my assumption and it helps.

  gplatt2000 16:38 16 Apr 2003

sorry my first post wasn't very clear. I have an old HD and a new one. Both will be completely blank - nothing on at all. How do I add Windows, and how do I add drivers? Shoud I add Windows or the drivers first? How will my computer start up if there are no drivers alreadyinstalled? Do I need to use some sort of a boot disk before/to install windows? Thanks again, sorry I wasnt clear enough, gavin.

  MartinT-B 17:28 16 Apr 2003

What OS are you loading?

XP is the easiest, it will format and partion the hardrive(s) for you.

Install Windows
Install Mobo Drivers
Install Sound Driver
Install Graphics Driver
Install other hardware driver(s)

  gplatt2000 19:13 16 Apr 2003

Thanks a lot MartinT-B, I'm using 98se. So I first install 98 (is this just a case of putting the Windows CD in once I switch the PC on?) then install the rest of the drivers in the order above? Thanks again, gavin.

  gplatt2000 22:21 16 Apr 2003

do I need a boot disk I here so many people talk of, and if so where from?

  gplatt2000 22:23 16 Apr 2003

Do I need a boot disk I hear so many peple takk of, and if so where from?

  Stuartli 22:35 16 Apr 2003

If you go to System Information - Programs>Accessories>System Tools>System Information - you will discover absolutely everything that is on your system, including hardware, software, drivers etc.

You can print the information off as you require.

It's Microsoft and Windows' own Belarc but built-in and with 100 per cent detail...:-)

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