- put the harddrive back in the laptop, reversing all the steps you did in the first part. Be Careful here as well, i have seen many pins bent due to carelessness on connecting the laptop/pin converter.
-When you turn on the laptop DOS should load, otherwise select it from the list
- run smartdrv.exe (type C:\smartdrv.exe at command prompt)
- run 16bit Windows XP installer (type C:\I386\winnt.exe)
- now let the laptop sit! Even if it appears to stall, it will continue, some older harddrives do not spin very fast and need time to load (5-10min is not an unreasonable wait
*with smartdrv.exe installed, expect MUCH longer without it!
- follow the Windows installer directions!
(Total time, depending on computer speeds: 1-2hrs - though most of this is waiting for Windows XP to install)
*you will now have dos and windows on the drive, you can remove dos, or leave it, it is up to you!!
PM if you need help removing your dual boot screen or uninstalling DOS safely.
**The best part about this installation method is it is much cheaper than buying an external drive, as long as you have access to a desktop computer.
most external drives will use a USB connection which cannot be accesed on an installation.