OK, an 80gb HD holds a lot, so I was thinking you needed a CD-RW.
As I see it, you:
1. Need winME to load and operate to burn backups using a floppy ... A:\
2. This is not happening -so-
3. You need a boot diskette to repair the existing winME installation.
I really think the best option might well be physically installing the HD into another PC as a "storage" HD, not a "system" HD and simply extracting the important data files off of it using the host PC.
Then, deal with the existing PC problem by re-installing winME using the replacement installCD you "find", or use a boot CD utility to repair ME. I'm not certain, but I believe ME is not like XP in having a repair option, per say. The goal of using the boot CD would really be to see if it finds system file corruption and can effect the prooer replacement. boot CDs can be made (and are made) to provide several utilities that can be used for different purposes once the OS loads from CD and recognises content on the HD. It is not exactly "automatic".
I use a CD, or more accurately I should say "I'm experimenting with using", that I made using my CD-RW and Nero 6. I read about and downloaded it using these links:http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4007.htmlhttp://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-U...E-Builder.shtml
It is kinda simple in concept, but a bit trickier in practical use.
It does work.
You need to pay attention as you go through the steps of making it, and then again as you use it.
You will use the keyboard, not just the mouse, as you follow the action(s) so care there is needed.
I'm sorta leaving you with a lot to consider, but the problem is a thorny one.
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