I have inherited an old IBM Netvista with a failed HD. I plan to replace it but looking through the pile of CDs that came with it, I don't seem to have a Windows CD. However, I do have a Product recovery disk which claims to contain all the files and settings from when it was shipped. Does this include the OS files?
I'm not likely to fork out for a copy of Windows for a 4 year old PC, although I would quite like to resurect it.
Unfortunately as it turns out the recovery disk was for another machine, a PC300GL (original assumed lost or on hidden HD partition). licencing issues aside this shouldn't be to bad so, I used it anyway with a view to sorting out any missmached drivers etc afterwards
I've so far encountered only 2 problems
1 display is 16 bit VGA only. I have a motherboard CD which should have the correct drivers so I think I can fix this.
The partition/format stage of the recovery created a little FAT16 2GB primary partition, ignoring the other 38GB completely. an option to create a large NTFS partition would have been nice!
How do I sort out the file system without starting again and partitioning/formatting from a floppy prior to recovery? Can NT convert drives on the fly? any good utilitues to recommend?