Installing an OS on a thinkpad

  superdoc 14:32 21 Jul 2003

I have an IBM thinkpad with a brand new HDD, a CD-ROM, but no Floppy.

I have several OS that could be installed, i.e. Win98Se, Windows ME, Win2K build 2195 all on CD-ROM.

Any ideas how I can Fdisk and format the HDD without using a bootdisk?

Could I connect to a desktop and use that? If so what extra cabling/connectors would I require?


  Sir Radfordin 14:44 21 Jul 2003

PCW (rival computer mag!) recently did this and the approach that they took was to buy an adaptor to conver the small IDE thats used on laptop drives and convert to a normal IDE cable. They then formatted and put DOS onto it so it would boot and copied over the Win98 files from the CD. Once it [hard dirve] was put back into the laptop they were able to install Win98.

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