Formating C Drive problems

  Eileanbeag 12:31 17 Feb 2005

I have been attempting to format an old computer with a small hard drive.

All wnet well until the format completed then came label no and after that I was given a: I am told then that" CDR101: No ready reading E drive. Abort retry fail.

Where have I gone wrong? Please help!

  octal 12:44 17 Feb 2005

It looks like the CD ROM drive is not being read, if its an old computer, does it have a CD ROM?

Normally when you've finished A: is the floppy, C: is the HD D: is the virtual drive were the tools are loaded and E: is the CD ROM.

  Eileanbeag 12:59 17 Feb 2005

Yes - it does have a CD rom - always says E is not ready - Windows 98 by the way

  Diemmess 13:03 17 Feb 2005

If so, reboot with the setup disk in A: and choose "With CDROM support"......... Then pop the CD in and at A:> prompt try E:

  octal 13:03 17 Feb 2005

Check the 98 disk in another machine to make sure its not damaged.

If you still get problems can you try the CD drive in another machine to make sure its actually working?

  strech 13:08 17 Feb 2005

when in A change to E:then wright DIR and enter
if it tells you what is on your cd then thecd rom is working alright

  Yoda Knight 13:09 17 Feb 2005

do u have a cd in the drive ?.

  Diemmess 13:13 17 Feb 2005

Another route .... In the BIOS, check the CD drive is recognised and change "1st Boot Device" to "CD"..... Then exit the BIOS saving the change, and allow it to boot with the CD in the slot.

  strech 13:14 17 Feb 2005

PS forgot to tell you the when you format the
computer windows changes E: the D:

  Eileanbeag 13:32 17 Feb 2005

Many thanks for all your help - CD rom has failed

  octal 13:34 17 Feb 2005

Thanks for the feedback, good luck, hope you get it sorted.

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