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February 14, 2007, 3:53 am
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drive died or are lost. I didn't get them with the tablet. The tablet hdd
needed reformatting but was working.
The BIOS only allows hdd, floppy, cd-rom and lan. I have it set on hdd.
The tablet has two USB connectors but won't boot from them with either
flash or external cd drive.
I took the hdd out of tablet and put it in my main computer via an adapter
reformatted the hdd to FAT32. I then loaded all the files that are
thought based on win98 boot disk downloads from boot.com) plus some extras
to help based on generic boot disks.
I copied the i386 folder from my XP OS disk to the tablet hdd.
I thought I would be able to boot into win98 and then load XP.
But all I get is "Invalid System Disk".
Many hours later, no progress. It is time to ask for help again.
Re: how to boot from hdd with no cd or floppy
I've just recently done something similar.
I put my old laptop HD into another laptop.
To install the system files, I formated with 'format c: /s' which I
thought was easier than 'sys c:'.
You'll have to make sure your boot partition is 'active' . I used
GParted for this http://gparted.sourceforge.net/ but you could use
I copied the i386 folder as you did.
Booted the HD back in the original laptop - went to the i386 folder
and ran 'winnt.exe'
As P said, you'll have use Smartdrv.exe to make the installation XP
reasonably quick, I did try without, and it was going to take hours.
If I had my autoexec and config.sys to hand I'd paste them so you
could save some time setting up Smartdrv.exe.
Sorry that its not a very good explanation... but I hope it helps a
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