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RE: New Hard drive

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The cart before the horse!! I ordered a new drive WD 8.4gb. I have a GW2K 150Mhz, Intel advanced/atx(THOR) MoBo, AMI 1.00.01CNOT bios(can be upgraded to 1.00.03 but doesn't change anything important) 96MB ram,512Kb cache, a cdrom and a SCSI Zip. An existing WD 1.6HD, Win98(up from 95(OS1). My approach is to first remove my 1.6 drive and connect the 8.4. I am told(by GW) that my system will autodetect and run an 8.4g drive without doing anything special. One thing I do see is when I enter Setup(press F1 during boot,which I assume is the CMOS settings area) I do not see an option for selecting the LBA mode, is this available only when you have set detection to 'Manual' as opposed to 'Autodetect?
If I've got my new drive set for master and installed, what would be next?  Put a boot disk of some kind in a:?  Format C:\?, Use EZDrive?, Run Fdisk?, As you can see I have yet to grasp the required steps needed to get to the point of installing Win98, et al.
Thanks
Jim
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by:bushhead
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your system should autodetect the hdd if you have set if to autodetect on primary master.

when you are happy that the mboard has detected the right hdd etc and seems connected then insert a bootdisk into your a drive and run fdisk on c. it should tell you what is going on with the drive etcetc. make it into one large partition and then setup win98 from your cdrom.

alternatively you could plug in the hdd to be primary slave, secondary master, or secondary slave and you won't have to bother about the bootdisk but just use your current HDD as a bootdisk. same procedure, go to dos prompt and ....

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by:UncleMarv
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You seem to have enough of a grasp to understand whether your CMOS can help you or not, which it seems like the latter. The quickest thing for you to do is use EZDrive. That will set up your drive quick and simple. If you want to copy your old hard drive it will do that... if you want to keep both drives, it will do that.. Just make sure your jumpers are set correctly for master and slave. If you have any questions on EZDrive, let me know -- It is a staple in my toolkit.
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hmm.. why should he need to get an additional piece of software when he doesn't really need it? sounds like extra cost to me..

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by:jjfarm
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Here is how it came out-- Installed new drive as master,old as slave. Stuck my win98 setup disk in and booted to the new drive. Typed in Fdisk, (however Fdisk gave me a few options and didn't know which one to pick and I had to call a techie twice). Solved that and formatted c:. Didn't use ez-drive, even though it comes supplied, for if you later use partition magic you have to uninstall ezdrive. Experts should have addressed the steps and options encountered in Fdisk. Still trying to get win98 to work right. See  my win98 question about packed file corrupt.
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Try this.  Make sure you use a win 98 boot disk.
1.  Boot from the a drive.
2.  run fdisk
3.  Set a primary partition
4.  set an extended partition of 2 gig (d drive)
5.  format c and d
6.  copy win 98 to the d drive (to win98 directory)
7.  type d:\win98 setup
8.  win 98 should install

when you use win98 fdisk you automaticly get a fat 32, not sure with all other fdisk.
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dano.b
Your right FDISK made a fat32 automatically. Until you mentioned it I was puzzled and thought I might have selected something wrong.
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All that you need to do is the following:

1. Get a Dos or Windows boot disk - Win98 if you have it
2. Boot the machine and run fdisk
3. Create a primary partition up to full disk if using FAT 32 support and create a secondary partition if desired or if using FAT 16
4. Set the primary partition active.
5. Exit Fdisk and reboot
6. Format the partition or partitions
7. Start the Win98 setup

* It will be easier if you have a Win98 boot disk as it will setup your CD-ROM automatically.
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