I will not hold hands on this procedure. If this much information doesn't cut it, then you need to get the right hardware.
-> Pull the drive out and prepare it with a Windows 98 boot diskette on a donor desktop with the drive on the primary IDE channel. Use one of those 4 buck laptop to disk drive adapters if need be. Prepare it to boot to dos.
-> Now copy the OS CD to the hard disk. Windows 98 has all its contents in Win98, NT/2000/xp in another directory. This is an EXPERTS ONLY install so I will not give the exact details so newbies don't attempt it.
-> Put the dos booting drive back into the host machine. Boot up, cd to the directory with the OS and run that OS's installer.
-> Did you forget all the drivers? You'll want to place those on the hard disk too.
---> This is never a good idea for a machine you'll give to someone else. Here's why. There is no CD to boot from to repair a busted/corrupt OS. For Windows 98 and XP you can't use tools like SFC.
But you asked and the answer is in the above with adequate caveats.
Is there anyway at all to Install an OS on a machine if it does not have a CD Rom or Floppy Drive. I got a Little Compaq Ipaq 1.X Mini PC For the Breakfast bar. I just cant figure out how to install an O/S On it. Can anyone help or do I need to order it a multibay CD-Rom Drive?