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formatting harddrive.

i did a format c: on my nephews pc but forgot to leave the system files on , now when i boot up it asks me to put the system file disk but i dont have one .
anyideas what to do.
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
get a booy disk from www.bootdisk.com

boot with it in the PC

at command line

sys a: c: {enter}

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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
booy=boot
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Richard QuadlingSenior Software DeverloperCommented:
Hi dlawre,


On your pc.

Take a floppy disk.

You are going to wipe the disk by formatting it, so don't use one with your latest and greatest work on it!!!!! Final notice!!!!!

Insert floppy disk.
Open a command prompt /MSDOS box
Type in ...

FORMAT A: /S

This will create a bootable floppy disk.

Once done,

find SYS.* on your computer.

Copy that to the floppy disk.

Go to nephews pc.

Insert floppy disk

Boot up.

At A: prompt type

SYS C: A:

Remove disk.

Reboot.

You should not have a booting C:

But there will be no OS.
You will need to get drivers for a CD or a bootable CD to install an os, unless you have it on floppy!

Regards,

Richard Quadling.
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Richard QuadlingSenior Software DeverloperCommented:
PeteLong,

Oh look. Same minute! Same answer. Not copied!!!

Regards,

Richard.
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dlawreAuthor Commented:
i have now succeeded in gettingsystem files on.
used startup disk ad ask for cd rommsupport--put my windows 98 disk in and it went through and copied all files but on comuter restart instead of carrying on a message comes up saying
disk boot falure insert systems disk and press enter.
this only takes me right back to beginning
dont understand why it didnot crry onloading win98
can you help please.
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Richard QuadlingSenior Software DeverloperCommented:
On the bootable floppy, copy fdisk.* to it and on the nephews pc, try

fdisk /status

and see if the drive is even partition correctly?

You may want to start this from scratch.

But, in this case, I would create a proper os install floppy disk.

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dlawreAuthor Commented:
used fdisk-it says the following
partition=c:1
status=a
type=pri do
mbytes=29322
system=fat32
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Richard QuadlingSenior Software DeverloperCommented:
And if you SYS C: A:

What is output by ...

DIR C:\ /A

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dlawreAuthor Commented:
not sure i understand what to do?
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BillDLCommented:
Download the following file to a functional computer, insert a blank floppy disk, and run the file to create a replica of a Windows 98se boot floppy:

http://www.mbhs.edu/~jaosborn/boot98se.exe

With the 98se boot floppy you don't need to have a bootable hard drive because it temporarily unpacks necessary files into a virtual "drive" in memory and knows where to access the files for the duration of the power-up.

Boot to that one with CD-Rom support and see if it can access your CD-Rom.  Bear in mind that the "virtual drive" created will come after the last hard drive, but before the CD-Rom drive, so the drive letter of your CD-Rom will be pushed up one letter from what it usually is in Windows.

To verify that it can see the contents of the Win98 CD-Rom, type the following command when it gets to A:\>

dir  /on  /b  /p  E:\win98\*.CAB

This should give you a sorted list of the .cab files on the CD something like this:

BASE4.CAB
BASE5.CAB
BASE6.CAB
CATALOG3.CAB
CHL99.CAB
DRIVER11.CAB
DRIVER12.CAB
DRIVER13.CAB
DRIVER14.CAB
DRIVER15.CAB

Anything else, and it hasn't found the correct drive using that drive letter, or the generic DOS CD-Rom drivers on the floppy don't work with your CD-Rom.

In the latter event, you would have to ascertain the make of the CD-Rom drive, and download the dos driver for it, which will be a .sys file.  These are specified in the boot floppy's config.sys file like:

[CD]
device=oakcdrom.sys /D:mscd001
device=btcdrom.sys /D:mscd001
device=aspicd.sys /D:mscd001

and you would have to add the file to the floppy and either change one of those lines to the name of the .sys file, or add another line to include it.

IF it has seen the contents of the "win98" folder of the CD, just type:

x:\setup

where "x:\" is the letter of the CD-Rom drive.
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dlawreAuthor Commented:
did all you said and then found bios had been changed- now all ok.
many tx for good information.
dave.
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