Cant Install OS

  Professor Plum 17:09 19 Feb 04

I can not fully install Win 98 on my hard disk, it gets to a point and just says

"unable to write to disk in drive C:"

1. I tried installing Win XP and that was fine.
2. I have done a thorough scan and that was fine.
3. I have tried a different Win 98 disk, same problem.

Any suggestions?

  jim1947 17:13 19 Feb 04

Have you created a primary partition using fdisk. This is not required using XP as the disk will do it for you but you must partition and format for Win98

  Professor Plum 17:17 19 Feb 04

Yes, it installs partly, after rebooting I can get into safe mode.

  jim1947 17:20 19 Feb 04

Surely if you can get into safe mode then it is installed. Have you run scandisk from safe mode.

  Professor Plum 17:23 19 Feb 04

No its not fully installed I have the blue error screen on the Pc now.

Thourough scan done and no errors.

  Seano 18:04 19 Feb 04

The problem is that you only have a single partition on your hard disk amd although both xp and win98 are 32 bit , XP uses NTFS to manage data on your partion and win98 uses FAT32. You'll either have to reformat your hard drive to install win98 or if you want a duel boot system you'll have to creat a separate partition for each Operating System

  Professor Plum 18:08 19 Feb 04

The Hard drive is empty, reformatted, when I try installing Win 98.

  Rayuk 18:47 19 Feb 04

Have you tried installing by putting Win98 folder onto hard drive first,this will also let Win98 get any files it needs without having to ask you to put in Win98 dcrom at a later date.

click here

Youll ned to have a quick scroll down a little to find instructions for putting win folder onto hard drive

  gold 47 19:05 19 Feb 04

If your running a dual boot system you have to install
W98 first then WXP,unless your running dual boot
on two hard drives your better kepping XP running
FAT32 i found running XP on NTFS caused me problems on a single hard drive hence why i changed to two hard drives.

If your still having problems you will have to start again.

  whatchamacallit 00:23 20 Feb 04

Professor Plum
If you have not done this yet, it may help you.

Use FDisk to partition drive, after creating a primary partition on it, at the A:>prompt, type format c: /s and press Enter. (The /s switch tells FORMAT to place the system files on drive C.)

  Megatyte 07:30 20 Feb 04

Run Fdisk and and before creating a primary partition delete any partitions that may be already on there.


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