Installing With A Serial Ata Hard Drive

A friend recommended i buy a sata hd with my new computer. Now i can't get my operating system floppies and cd to recognize it. In my bios it says my primary master and primary slave ides are blank. My secondary master is my cdrom and my secondary slave is my zip drive. The 120gb sata drive is at third master. It recognizes it in bios as a hard drive when i did a hd detection. I am trying to install like this: i have a win98 boot floppy that i put in first. I run fdisk to create a dos partition and then put in a win98 cd and install win98. After win98 is installed, i put in my win2000 upgrade cd and upgrade the os to win2000. So it seems like it's not creating a dos partition on the right drive but when i ran format c:, it formatted a 120gb hd. And i have no idea what other drive it would be creating a dos partition on. But when i put the win98 cd in the drive and run setup.exe, it says i need at least 735909909 bytes of space to install windows.

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2. No use of discs! Saves money and reusable time after time!

3. Takes no more than 5 minutes to set up, so time effective in comparison with burning a disc. 4. Silent install. No disc spinning up. No annoyance. Do it whilst your sleeping for all i care

5. Did i mention there's no cost of discs involved?!

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This does not work with xp, so dont ask.command for copying vista (or 7) dvd to flash drive

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Y: being destination drive (flash drive)

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And a picture guide, for those who cant live without them. 1.command line

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(If i had my flash drive plugged in for this photo, it would read as "usb-hdd imation nano" in the '+hard disk' menu)

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