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How do I boot up my new hard drive?

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I just got a new hard drive for my laptop and since it is THE ONLY hard drive my laptop will use, how do I boot it up and get it to the point where I can install my cdrom drive and load Windows?  I asked a similar question a week ago and I was told to check out a couple of web sites but unfortunately they weren't helpful.  Can anyone help?

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You need to use a bootable floppy which includes a CDROM driver.

Here's a procedure assuming you can still boot your system from the old HDD:

1) Boot up Win95 and start a MSDOS shell.
2) C:
3) CD \
4) Format a floppy using the command: FORMAT A: /S
5) CD \WINDOWS\COMMAND
6) Copy the following files to your floppy:
   SYS.COM
   FDISK.EXE
   FORMAT.COM
   EDIT.COM
   QBASIC.EXE
   HIMEM.SYS
   MSCDEX.EXE

7) Find a MSDOS mode CDROM driver for your CDROM.  If you don't have one, check the drive's manufacturer's web site.  You might be able to use this one:

http://nts2.bysnet.com/vide-cdd.sys

8) Create an A:\CONFIG.SYS to look like this:

DEVICE=HIMEM.SYS
DOS=HIGH,UMB
DEVICEHIGH=VIDE-CDD.SYS /D:MSCD001
FILES=12
BUFFERS=15

9) Create an A:\AUTOEXEC.BAT to look like this:

LH MSCDEX /M:8 /V /D:MSCD001

10) Boot the floppy
11) FDISK, FORMAT the new hard drive.
12) Run the Windows SETUP.EXE from the CDROM
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