Great info. Here's the deal. When installing win2k from a format /s and it needs to reboot, it then says ntldr is missing, there is no boot.ini file on the HD that I could find. But going to the link you posted had some interesting insite. I think that the HD (10 gig) being fdisk'd and formatted using a win98 boot floppy is the problem. the link says:
This behavior occurs because Windows 98 installation was improperly cloned on a different-geometry drive and the following conditions also exist:
-The system/boot partition is formatted with the FAT32 file system.
-The computer boots using INT-13 extensions (a partition larger than 7.8 gigabytes with a System-ID type of 0C in the partition table).
-The Heads (sides) value in the FAT32 BIOS Parameter Block (BPB) is inaccurate. This must match the geometry of the physical drive.
So here is my major problem. How do I fdisk and format this 10 gig drive to have the correct geometry???
I'm more then willing to loose disk space if I have to fdisk without using INT-13 extensions, but I have no idea how to fdisk without using INT-13 because it is not an option that I was aware of. As far as I know, the disk is LBA udma 33 (i think). I have tried ntfs and still get the same error, so if MS is right, that means that my different-geometry drive is using INT-13 extensions.
So how do I get this drive to have the correct geometry if I can't see the bios? and if I cant get the geometry right, does MS mean that if it is not fat32 and int-13 it will work with different-geometry ???
I was able to get win98 up and running using this HD on the GCT, then using an xcopy of the CD on the HD, I was able to upgrade win98 to win2k's install. When the install of the win2k upgrade needed to reboot I was back to square 1 when the error NTLDR is missing showed up (again).