You can install XP and during the install it will ask to see the 98 CD.
2. Not so good news. While 98% of the time you can disconnect that other drive for safety (DO NOT LEAVE IT ATTACHED) every two times in one hundred people can't get the drive contents to show up again.
Is there a chance you have a backup plan?
Also read what Grif writes at http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6122_102-0.html?forumID=44&threadID=328220&messageID=2968150&tag=forums06;posts#2968150
Using his advice I have never had to wipe a drive.
I'm running Windows XP Home Edition, Version 2002, SP 2.
It has become so riddled with awful infections that I've decided to reformat and reinstall.
Problem 1: I don't have the original disk, but I do have Windows 98 SE and the XP upgrade disk. Will reinstalling 98 then upgrading to XP be a problem?
Problem 2 the more pressing issue): I have a second (internal) hard drive that I'm using for data storage. Will it be accessible when I reinstall, or will I be forced to reformat that drive, too?