First, when my friend called me two months ago, he told me the CD-Rom drive wouldn't work, because he had a program for estimating insurance claims for rebuilding cars that could not be read, so he was using guesswork.
When I arrived at his body shop a month ago, yes, the CD-Rom drive was bad, but one of the PCI cards was also bad, so I replaced them both, before doing anything else.
No problem here, they are both working fine.
Next, I tried to find this insurance software for estimating the costs to repair damaged cars, but it was not on the C-Drive, or when I clicked on the desktop icon, it would not open.
He told me that on his own, he did something in the control panel that allowed him to use the default settings, trying to make the software work, but things for him only got worse.
I finally remembered that this OLD PC had two hard drives, and I clicked on "MY COMPUTER" and saw the D drive, the second hard drive, and found the missing software in its complete form, with all the estimating algorithms for different cars and the costs, but while I could see the different parts of this insurance software, I couldn't bring it up to see an excel view showing columns and rows with the different costs for replacing something like a rear quarter panel, with paint and all the bells and whistles.
That is when I remembered using the D Drive, and having all the normal desktop icons available to be able to click and open and then to use different programs, like this car insurance program that I installed 8 years ago.
I wanted to recall the process I used, but it just wouldn't come back to me, and that is when I posted here at C-NET hoping to find someone who knew how to open the D-Drive as my main hard-drive and to see all the icons on the D-Drive desktop.
I Think I used "Norton Ghost" to copy all the programs from the original C-drive to the second D-Drive that is 3 times bigger than the C-Drive. They are both small (C is 1.76 GB and the D is 4.76 GB) and they are both half used.
This is only a guess, but if the D-Drive was "a ghost of the original" C-Drive, then the operating system should have been copied too, or WIN98SE should be on both, BUT this is "only a guess."
Remember, please, that this old Gateway P-133 PC is 14 years old, and I gave it to my young friend 8 years ago, and haven't done anything on it since then. I did install a much larger Evergreen chip on it, which helped everything work better. That much I remember.
OK, I hope this helps, and I do appreciate your willingness to help me, because I want to try to help my friend whose business isn't doing well, and he cannot afford to buy a new PC.
Many, many thanks for checking back.
being able to make it my desktop so I could click on the different icons and open the programs like they were intended to open.