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Big Guy
Posted on Friday, September 6, 2002 - 7:06 am:   

I just recently purchased a new 10 GB hard drive for my computer. I have it physically installed in the machine, but I am wondering how to install Win98 on it. There has never been anything on the hard drive before.

I used fdisk to create a new partition and then tried to run the win98 cd from there, but it would get stuck after it recognized the cd-rom drive. Do I need to figure out how to re-install my cd-rom drive or is it just the win98 cd or is it something totally different?
Big Guy
Posted on Friday, September 6, 2002 - 7:28 am:   

By the way, whenever I try to run config.sys to put in the line for the cd-rom drive, it comes back and says 'CDR101: Not reading drive E. Abort, Retry, Fail?

I have tried everything that I know how to do, and it still isn't working.
Posted on Friday, September 6, 2002 - 3:38 pm:   

are you using a startup disk from win95 or 98? those have the drivers if the bios doesn't support boot from cd. if you don't, then go to and download a bootdisk. you can extract the zip to a floppy drive. no need to do any batch file unless either the bios is not detecting correctly, usually a setting, or you really need the correct drivers for your model cdrom drive.
Big Guy
Posted on Monday, September 9, 2002 - 6:26 am:   

I am using a boot disk from Win98. I have used this boot disk recently and it worked fine to boot up a different machine, but it doesn't want to work on this one. Isn't there a line that I am supposed to put in the autoexec.bat and the config.sys files? I am at my wit's end.
Posted on Monday, September 9, 2002 - 1:37 pm:   

hm. actually, i have the same thing on this one, what i did, was take a boot disk, boot up and format a new floppy disk on the same machine i'm having a problem with, then take the disk to another machine to copy the files, then take it back and boot up. seems to work even though it's weird that it does it. but it's been that way since i built it, it won't take floppies formatted on another machine. give it a go, see what happens.
Big Guy
Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2002 - 2:58 pm:   

I tried your method and still freezes up when I put in the Win98 cd and try to install windows from it. It looks like it is getting done with the cd-rom recognition and then freezing. After sitting for a while, it will come up and say "The following file is missing or corrupted: BTDOSM.SYS. There is an error in your CONFIG.SYS file on line 11".

Any ideas from this?
Big Guy
Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2002 - 3:03 pm:   

I went to edit config.sys and on line 11 it says "device=btdosm.sys"
Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2002 - 4:54 pm:   

ah. i found it on my machine. in a few places. it's 1) symantec rescue, C:\Program Files\Rescue Disk 2)symantec's ghost templates: C:\WINDOWS\All Users\Application Data\Symantec\Ghost\Template\template, 3)C:\WINDOWS\All Users\Application Data\Symantec\Ghost\Template\Common, 4)C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\EBD.

this .sys file is a Mylex/BusLogic CD-ROM driver, is it on the floppy in question? if so, it may be corrupted, try to copy it from a clean source to the floppy
Big Guy
Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2002 - 6:28 am:   

I had figured that it was a the error had something to do with the cd-rom, however, I have made 2 brand new boot disks to try to fix the problem and neither one of them work.

By the way, yes it is running from the floppy and giving me the error.
Posted on Monday, September 16, 2002 - 8:30 pm:   

Did you format the hard drive after you partitioned it? Since you replaced the hard drive check the data cables and make sure their plugged in correctly.
Big Guy
Posted on Friday, September 20, 2002 - 9:18 am:   

I got it all figured out and everything is running fine. Now I just have to reinstall the video driver because it only gives me 16 colors.
Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2002 - 1:12 pm:   

easiest way is to go into bios and change the boot seq to cd rom first then boot from the 98 cd and it will format the hard drive for you and load on your cd drivers as well....all hard drives that have been partitioned need to be formatted first to become useable
Big Guy
Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2002 - 3:51 pm:   

Okay. Well, I just have to reload the drivers for the vid card now.

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