Note: Before starting, you need to verify if your operating system can control the CD-ROM from DOS.  The easiest way to do this is to reboot your system using the Windows Startup disk, and from a DOS prompt, check if you can access the CD. (Usually ‘D:’ Drive).  Make a note whether the system recognises this, as you need to know it later.


Note: Before starting, write down the current Windows Directory name, as you will need to know this later.


This procedure is based on your existing HDD using ‘C’ Drive, and ‘D’ Drive is currently spare. If the CD-ROM currently gets allocated ‘D’ don’t worry as during this procedure, it may be seen as ‘E’.


1.       Set the Inotes on the new HDD to tell it, it is a Slave.

2.       Install the new HDD by temporarily mounting it the same way up as the ‘C’ Drive, and connecting it to the same ribbon cable, in parallel with the ‘C’ Drive.

3.       Boot up the system on the Windows Startup Disk. The first time, you will get beeped and can autodetect or manual set HDD settings for the second drive in the CMOS.

4.       Run FDISK from the DOS Prompt.

·         Change current HDD to 2.

·         Partition current disk for Primary DOS Partition.

·         Choose Y if asked about large drives.

·         ESC and Reboot on same Windows Startup Disk.

5.       Type FORMAT D: /S, and wait for formatting to finish.

6.       Remove Windows Startup Disk, and Reboot on Windows. (Existing ‘C’ Drive).

·         Click Start | Programs | Accessories | System Tools.

·         Click Backup.

·         Click on Backup tab

·         Follow prompts to backup complete ‘C’ Drive. Be sure to untick ‘D’ Drive.

·         Select ‘D’ Drive for destination and makeup a filename.

·         Start backup and wait for it to finish.

7.       If CD-ROM was not able to run under DOS Prompt, then make a complete copy of Windows 95/98 CD onto the ‘D’ Drive. Make a new directory such as D:\Win98CD and using Windows Explorer, simply open the CD-ROM, double click to expand the CD-ROM root directory. Select the contents and folders, and drag them to the D:\Win98CD folder. Wait for this to finish.

8.       Shut down system, unplug cable off ‘C’ Drive, and change Inote on new ‘D’ Drive to make it Master.

9.       Insert Windows Startup Disk, and turn power on.

10.    Run FDISK from the DOS Prompt, and confirm/change the drive 1 to be active partition.

11.    Reboot and install your current Windows operating system. If in step 7, above you copied it onto the ‘D’ Drive, then run SETUP.EXE from there, other wise from the CD-ROM or ‘A’ Drive. You may need your previous operating system disks here if your current windows was an upgrade version. Follow prompts and questions until finished.

12.    Reboot, and hit DEL key to access CMOS. Remove the 2nd drive, and refresh or correct 1st Drive settings.

13.    Open Control Panel, Choose Add/Remove programs, Windows Setup, and install the Windows backup program.

14.    Run Windows backup program to restore the complete system..

·         Click Start | Programs | Accessories | System Tools | Backup

·         Follow the prompts

·         When asked, set to “Original Location”

·         When asked about existing files, choose “Overwrite existing older files only”.

15.    Reboot when told to.

16.    While you still have a fresh backup, run the Defragmentation, as the backup seems to leave the new HDD quite fragmented.

17.    When you are sure all is OK (you should test everything), then delete the backup file.

18.    Physically remove the old HDD, and remount the new HDD in its permanent place.

19.    When you turn system on, you may get boot failure. Simply go back into CMOS, and reset or re-detect HDD. Then Reboot again.