IBM Thinkpad

By Kid
Aug 19, 2005
  1. Hello all,

    Im kinda in a bind....... was hoping someone would be able to help me out.
    I gotta old IBM thinkpad dont know the model number off hand...
    the external floppy disk drive that it came with is no where to be found so I cant use a
    boot disk to get it going. (by the way I installed a new HD so its empty)

    When I start up my comp I get a screen that says NTLRD and cant do anything from there. I tried to get into my bios to see if I can boot from
    external but I cant even get into Bios. (take me back to NTLRD.

    I have read a few forums which seems like there is a way to install the boot disk onto the hard drive and start my install from the HD but all the technical
    words used just made me even more confused.

    so mainly what I'm asking is for help to find a way to Install windows 2000
    on the IBM thinkpad by installing it thru my hard drive. ( If I could install the boot up disk some how into the hard drive so I can install windows )

    Please help a NOOB = )
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    You need a bootable CD, if you can't find a floppy-drive.
    Otherwise get a 2.5"-3.5" adapter, put the laptop HD in a PC, format that HD with 2 partitions, 1 big one in front, formatted in FAT32, and a small one (1-2 GB) at the end, also in FAT32, where you copy all your W2K-stuff onto.
    The main partition can be formatted, using the MS-DOS command: format x: /s /u
    where x is the drive-letter of the HD in that PC, the small one with format y: /u
    When partitioning, set the first partition to Active.

    Put the HD pack in the laptop, boot from harddisk, after the prompt C:\> type in: d:\setup and off you go.
  3. Kid

    Kid TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you for the quick reply RealBlackStuff.....
    I will try that when I get home. Hopefully this will do it....
    I'll give an update as I do it.. Thanks again
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