upgrading hard drive

Old 01-18-03, 07:30 PM
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upgrading hard drive

I would like to put in a bigger drive. If I were to put it in could a use the recovery cd (windows 98) that came with the computer new to load the software of windows 98 on the new drive?
Old 01-18-03, 08:55 PM
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my guess is that it should, but havent tried this, as all my os's are seperate. the rescue disk should look at the computer bios/id to run,not hard drive size or brand. Maybe someone else knows for sure?just keep the old drive ready in case it doesnt work. If it doesnt, there are other things you can do. you may also already have all the setup files for 98 on your hard drive...look to see if there is a folder called win98. All the cab files may be there.then you could just transfer that folder to new drive, make it master,start up with boot disk, and install.
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This really depends on your computer manufacturer. I know Compaq uses a "backup partition" to keep an image of the original installs and files (and all the junk that comes with it.) If you have an actual "Recovery Disk" and not an original install disk for Win98, you may not be able to reinstall on a new disk. Worst that can happen, you have to put both drives in and Ghost the old one to the new one. So, why not give it a try? You may want to Ghost is anyway, this will keep all the saved info and installed programs, settings, etc that are on your old disk.

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Yes, and no. It varies by brand and/or circumstance.

Cloning the existing drive using the drive tools provided by the drive manufacturer is an alternative to restoring. Most drive manufacturers provide drive cloning software on their websites [instructions also].

SafeWatch has mentioned some of the following:
If you choose to start from scratch: (1) Backup important data just in case something goes wrong. (2) either create or download a Window 98 boot disk. This is not the same as the windows start up boot disk windows creates. (3) Ensure the CD-Rom drive is bootable. This may require entering CMOS / BIOS setup and then enabling the CD-ROM as a boot device or changing the boot sequence order. Your CD-Rom
drive may require a specific DOS driver, instead of the generic drivers provided by windows, and statements added to the config.sys file also. If the CD-ROm cannot be enabled as a boot device use the boot disk [see 4]. (4) Be prepared to use DOS command line entries if something
goes wrong with the restore process. Hint: browse the restore CD. Look for files named drived.exe, drivee.exe, and possibly setup.exe or something similar. Another hint: if both hard drives were enabled your CD-ROM drive would most likely be drive E in the drive chain. Last hint: TAB and ENTER keys subsistute for moving the mouse to a specific field and clicking the button. At this point "factory restore" would be wise. (5) Visit your PC manufacturers website, noting any, and all, caveats.

For example, if you want to make the new drive the boot drive, and your drive contains a "hidden" non-DOS partition that can only be created with software from the manufacturer, you need that software. Another example, the restore process may rely on the existence of one or more files on the hard drive, either in the primary bootable partition or a backup partition. Another example, your pc may require a propriety hard drive that can only be obtained from the manufacturer.

Be prepared. Not scared.

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