From: Mike Lingenfelter (mwl_at_tuckahoe.blwd.k12.pa.us)
Date: Wed Apr 05 2000 - 13:11:26 EDT
Aptivas behave in the same way. I replaced my 2.1 GB drive in my E24 Aptiva
with an IBM 10 GB drive and was greeted with the same problem. After
spending a week on the issue I called IBM support. In short, to prevent
illegal copying of the software, the install program checks to see if the
same type drive exists in the machine. If it does not, the CD is useless
for it's intended purpose. Too bad big blue doesn't package a piece of felt
with each harddrive. That way you could glue it to the bottom of the
recovery CD to turn it into something useful...like a coaster.
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael W. Godfrey" <migod_at_plg2.math.uwaterloo.ca>
Sent: Wednesday, April 05, 2000 6:35 AM
Subject: using emergency CD installation on a new HD
> I went ahead and bought an 18G Toshiba HDD for my TP600E.
> I would like to do a clean install of the original (Win98) software from
> the emergency disk rather than a drive copy -- my old HDD has lots of
> including an aborted install of NT4 that I don't wish to keep.
> My idea was to use the emergency CDROM to reinstall everything (Win98 plus
> TP specific goodies), then get updated TP drivers, re-install my apps, and
> then move over the (relatively small amount) of personal data that I
> have already copied onto my desktop machine.
> BUT ... when I insert the recovery CD, it starts up then flashes a
> of "invalid drive specification" (or something similar -- it disappears
> quickly to be sure), and dumps me at the A: prompt.
> Any ideas what Ive done wrong? Does the emergency CD assume I'm using the
> orginal 6Gig HDD?
> For "fun" I went ahead and did a small Linux installation and got it all
> working fine, so the drive seems OK.
> Any hints greatly appreciated!
> -- Mike G.
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