From BIOS (or whatever they call it now), I removed the internal HDD C: from the bootup sequence. I put in the Windows 98 Setup CD into the CD drive, and restarted the computer. Even though I removed the C: HDD from the boot sequence, and the system booted up from the Win 98 CD fine, my C: HDD is still visible and recognized. How do I completely remove the C: HDD from BIOS like I used to be able to do from my desktop computer? I could not find a way to disable the internal HDD from BIOS.
I don't want to have any changes whatsoever to the internal HDD of the laptop.
I want to install Win 98 to one of the FAT32 partitions of the USB external HDD that is connected to the Dell laptop, so that I can connect the USB HDD to my old desktop computer running Win 98.
My desktop has two physical HDD's. The bootup C: drive is on the verge of a platter crash. I want to boot from the USB external HDD after physically disconnecting the C: drive. The second (slave) drive on the desktop is the D: drive. Once I safely boot up from the USB HDD, I want to copy all the data from the D: drive to the USB HDD. Then I can format the D: drive, make it the primary master, and install Win 98 to it.
Is this the best and safest way to do this? As I was writing this message, I thought that maybe I can simply physically disconnect the desktop C: drive (the one on the verge of a platter crash), change the D: drive to the primary master drive, change the BIOS to boot from the CD ROM (Windows 98 Setup CD), connect the USB external drive, and then copy all the data from the C: drive (the drive that used to be the D: drive) to the USB with using DOS commands (COPY, XCOPY).
Sorry for all of the confusion.
Thank you very much!