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Am replacing my  old 3GB HDD with a 20GB.  Have already obtained the necessary BIOS upgrade to support larger drive.  
Scenario:
System: Quantex P200MMX; 3.71 GB HDD
Old drive has Win 95  
New drive to receive Full copy of 98SE (not the upgrade).  
Not planning to re-use the old drive; New HDD to be Master.
Would like to copy data file from drive to drive.
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Several questions arise:  
Will I need copy of DOS for the new drive?
Can I move programs, as well as data?  I have Drive Copy, but I do not want to write old 95 O/S files over the new 98 files.
Can I install the old drive as a primary slave for the purpose of moving files (it has 95 on it)?
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by:pjknibbs
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You don't need an existing copy of DOS to install the full (non-upgrade) version of Win98. Copying programs from one drive to the other probably won't work, though: the programs in question will have dumped all sorts of DLL and Registry settings into the Windows directory, and trying to work out all these changes would be considerably more painful than a simple re-installation of the software. Lastly, there's no reason why you can't install the old drive as a slave. One warning: the primary partition on the old drive will appear as D: regardless of which partitions you have on the new drive. This isn't a problem and can be safely ignored.
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by:harley47
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If you want all of your old programs to work. Replace the old drive copy all the information off of the old to new, (including Win95) Restart the computer to make sure the computer starts with the OLD Win95. Reboot into DOS make sure you have CD-rom support, Delete win.com (in the windows folder) run the setup from the Win98 CD.


Bill
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r0man earned 0 total points
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You have 2 options:

1. Just move your data over to the new drive and install a fresh copy of Win98. You will lose all you installed programs and settings but your PC will be cleaner and run faster.

2. Copy your old drive to the new one using Drive Copy and then upgrade your OS to Win98 (by renaming your win.com). This will allow you to keep all of your programs and settings in addition to your data but has the downside of leaving a bloated Registry which will be slower and most likely less stable.
During the Win98 install, when it asks for the Windows directory, change "C:\WINDOWS.000" to "C:\WINDOWS" and it will actually do an upgrade despite what Microsoft wants you to believe.

If you decide to do number 2, you should make note of your original Win95 Registration Key by searching for "ProductKey" (no quotes) in the registry.

To answer your questions:
You do not need a copy of DOS- Win9x basically IS DOS with a full-time GUI.

You can move over your complete drive using Drive Copy before installing Win98 if you want to keep all you programs and settings. I would first add your new drive as a Primary Slave (if available) or Secondary Master or Slave, then run Drive Copy, then remove your old drive and make your new one the Primary Master, then upgrading to Win98.
You can make your new Drive Master and your old drive Slave and then run Drive Copy, but this seems like more work.

-Roman
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by:gmark
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Need clarification on one point:
Using Roman's recommendation to start fresh with Win 98 and move data only, CAN I
1) Partition the new drive and install 98...
2)  THEN copy data (only) from old drive to new (even with 95 still on the old drive)?

If so, would It be better to do this with the old drive as the primary master? (will it work?)

Will I be able to install 98 on the new drive while it is a primary slave?

Thanx.
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by:r0man
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You can install Win98 with the old drive as slave, but if you partition your new drive then your old C: drive will become the D: drive and push all your other new partitions down one letter.
This isn't a problem as long as you only install things on C: until you remove the old drive.

You won't be able to install Win98 on the Slave drive. It's likely possible, but not worth the effort.

I suggest you partition and install a clean Win98 on the new drive without a Slave. Then connect your old drive to copy your data over and then remove your old drive for good.

-Roman
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