I am attempting to install any operating system (DOS, or an early Microsoft Windows Operating System specifically) on a Toshiba Portege 610CT. The hard drive in the unit has been wiped, and the system boots with the message:
"Insert system disk in drive.
Press any key when ready..."
With no floppy or CD-ROM drive, I'm attempting to use a 2.5" to 3.5" drive adapter with my PC to install all the necessary files to boot up the system.
a) Can you tell me what files I need to have installed on the hard drive in order to have it boot properly?
b) Could you possibly explain the install procedure in brief?
c) Could you advise me of a further resources relating to the 610CT and fresh OS installs?
The fact is that you have 13 years old notebook and I am pretty skeptic someone will write here the whole story how to get this notebook to work. After reading your posting I were interested a little bit about this notebook and I have found info that Portege 610CT was delivered with Windows 95.
I have checked also Toshiba support page and there you can find drivers and utilities for this notebook model. Anyway, if I am remembering well you should do this:
Move the hard drive into the laptop with a CD-ROM but instead of installing, just copy the windows 95 CD to the hard drive (if there is a win95 folder on the CD that all you need).
Then put the hard drive back into the Portege laptop, go into that directory and run setup.