I want to resurrect my old eMachines - the hard drive was bad so I dropped in a "new" one. I can boot from the restore CD to a DOS prompt. Ran FDISK on the 8 gig drive, then performed a format of the drive. No messages about bad sectors. Tried CHKDSK but apparently this is not on the restore CD (which is for Win 98).
Anyhow the restore CD appears to load all of the Win 98 files on the IDE drive but when I try to boot from the drive I get the message "no operating system". I went back to the restore CD and ran SYS C:, which appeared to work ok but the same message appears when I reboot.
The restore CD offers options:
1) restore with format
2) restore without formatting
3) boot from CD-ROM
Have tried 1 and 2, same results. Option 3 brings me to a DOS prompt, which is how I ran fdisk, format, and sys. Any thoughts ? Could there be a problem with the "new" drive ? Any way to check this out ?