HOW TO INSTALL THE WINDOWS 98 UPGRADE
ON A NEW HARD DISK DRIVE
Last updated: 07/29/03
PROCEDURE. A simple
solution to the problem is to "put the cart before the horse." That
is, Install FAT32 on the new hard disk before installing Windows. Here's
how (do the following steps at your own risk):
before buying it, make sure your computer will support the new drive (LBA,
cable, drive bays,, etc.). I am assuming here that both drives are
IDE hard disks.
sure your old hard disk is in good condition. Run SpinRite,
scandisk or chkdsk/f and fix any problems.
your old hard disk, or, at minimum, backup everything that is important:
accounting data, documents, Internet Favorites, etc. In particular,
back-up your CD-ROM driver, AUTOEXEC.BAT, and CONFIG.SYS.
and test a Windows
98 Startup floppy.
This can be done from the Windows
98 Upgrade CD without first installing Windows 98. Put the
XCOPY files on the Startup Floppy (see my instructions) if you have
Windows or Windows for Workgroups 3.x on your old hard disk, and you
want to move the contents of the old hard disk to the new one and perform
an upgrade on top of your old Windows (i.e., actually upgrade it). XCOPY
cannot be used to move Windows 95 from an old disk to a new one, but
XCOPY should be handy for moving application and data files.
Unfortunately, the Windows 95/98 XCOPY
command will not copy system and hidden files when used from the DOS
prompt. Also, in general, Windows 95/98 cannot be copied from one
hard disk to another and work by simply copying files. There are
other programs which claim to have the ability to move Windows 95 from
one hard disk to another by copying files, but I don't use them. There
are programs, such as Powerquest's
PartitionMagic and Samantec's
Ghost, which can copy an image of a partition on an old drive
to a new drive and expand the partition on the new drive, and Windows
will work if copied using this method. Western Digital WD
DIAGS has this capability, albeit limited, as well.
power-off, unplug the power cord, and remove your old hard disk. Install
your new hard disk as a master, single-drive.
To avoid a serious mistake, I always
remove the old hard disk before running FDISK or FORMAT on a new one. I
usually do not mount a new hard disk in a computer before completing
the transfer of data from the old one. It's usually easier to plug and
unplug cables when the drive is out of the case. Be sure to protect
the bottom of the drive from shorting-out when laying it on the case
or lay it on the case up-side-down.
Also, I usually remove all expansion
boards from the computer except the display adapter and disconnect Zip
drives, etc. Once Windows 98 and any motherboard-specific
display adapter software is installed, I reinstall all of the expansion
boards, etc., one-at-time.
your CMOS for the new drive. AMI and Award BIOS "Auto" should
work on most new IDE drives.
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