I have an Aptiva built specifically for 98. Will a sys this old handle an 80G HD and can I format it for XP. I wanna suuup it up a bit, for a media station (jukebox & movies). I want to hook it up thru usb to main PC. Any thoughts ??
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Just to make sure of a few things, you actually want to install windows 98 when you could install windows XP? and the other thing is that you do not need to acutally "Zero" the drive out -as in writing zeros to all sectors- formatting it will suffice to remove a virus.
Sounds like the older computer is a 98 machine - Data Traveler does not have 98 drivers due to its size. Your best bet is to find a smaller flash drive that is 98 compatible - or depending on the size of the data you could e-mail it to yourself.
Sounds like the boot record of the drive may be corrupt. When you runs the XP installation, you'll be given an option to start the Recovery Console. Go ahead and open that, should bring up a command prompt. At the prompt, type "fix mbr" (With the quotes removed). Select Yes or Continue when asked, and go through the repair process, then reboot the system and try installing Windows again.
You might want to check first, make sure the jumpers on the hard drive are set to Master, or Cable Select, and make sure the drive is connected as Drive 0 on the Primary IDE channel.
go in your bios setup then set first boot device to rom.
then save settings
insert your win xp disk in rom then start sys press key u enter in setup
then press enter when ask u to install window then press F8 KEY then esc key then u get partiton info
delete all partition follow the info for del.
then create the partition after create press enter to format with ntfs or fat 32 quick.
then wait ............................
then your sys restart and follow the instrucition ans set your sys as u like.
OK Win98 doesn't play well with USB, when Win98 came out USB was very new, and NOT supported properly untill Win98SE... and even then it is a pain and real problematical. I would suggest you get a Ethernet connected DSL modem.. Else ya gonna have no end of problems regardless of what ya do including "Flashing" I think that model PC has Ethernet built in? otherwise get a PCI Ethernet Card and use that instead of USB.. ya be good to go. I would also upgrade if possible to Win98SE PLUS install ALL Updates there are still Win98 suport on the net, simply Google for it.. good Luck.