At 07:38 PM 04/16/2000 -0500, you wrote:
> > When this new drive boots, it looks for the Windows 98 system
> > files and registry. If they are not there it just comes up
> > with a C prompt. If you also copy all of your files from the
> > old drive including these system files and the registry file to
> > the new drive after doing this, it will find them and come up
> > from a boot just the same as your old drive with the full
> > Windows 98 system setup that you have on your old drive.
>So, theoretically, this should work from DOS, except I would loose
>my longfilenames, correct?
>Copy C\*.* I:\
>The reason I mention DOS is because I notice that Windows is picky
>about copying certain system files. Yes, No on a copy, or am I
>thinking of Delete?
If you are using an old DOS such as v6.22 or earlier, you will lose long
file names but if you are using the DOS that comes with Windows 98 you
should not. You can experiment by copying a few files with long file names
from one folder to another using DOS and see what happens. Also try
copying hidden and system files to another folder to see what happens.
You do not need to create a bootable floppy and I do not think that you
need to do these two things in a particular order but you do need to do both.
With your new drive connected to your computer so you can read it from your
1. Use sys.com from a DOS prompt to copy the system files to the new drive
and to create a Master Boot Record to make it bootable.
2. Copy all of the rest of the files from your old drive to your new drive
by what ever method works for you - DOS's copy or xcopy commands or some
program or utility that you have for doing this. Just make sure that *all*
of the files are copied over - hidden, system, and otherwise - so that the
bootup will find them.
As I said, it does not matter whether you do 1 first and then 2 or 2 first
and then 1 but you must do both.
When you are finished you should be able to switch the drives and the new
drive should boot up ok.