Installing Windows 2000 on an SD Card

Hello everyone, Druaga1 here and today we’re going to be installing Windows 2000, on an SD card.
Now you may be thinking, “You’re an idiot!”
Well, you’d be right!
Running an OS off an SD card is tremendously slow.
Especially when you have one like this, which is only 30 megabytes per second read and even less write.
But we’re going to do it anyway, just for the sake of I don’t know.
Now, we’re not going to be using a USB adapter and this laptop doesn’t even have an SD card reader, instead, we’re going to be using this.
This is a pretty generic $10 PATA or mini IDE adapter.
That we’ll be installing into this Gateway 200ARC.
This is what it looks like in the adapter.
Installation is pretty simple.
(old druaga ur so borinnnngggg)
So you may be wondering, who in the world is going to want to use this?
Well, not too many people because it’s going to be very very very slow.
But, for me and this laptop, we go way back, and I don’t want to see losing a hard drive take it out.
And besides, it would be nice to have a quote on quote “Solid State” laptop.
To carry around with me.
Once we got this in, we’ll be ready to go, and if we’re lucky the 200ARC should recognize the SD card as a 32GB hard disk.
So, as you can see here, our SD card adapter is show in the BIOS by name.
And it does show up as 30 gigs.
Alright, lets start rolling!
Ok, so we’re back, I’ve already pre-formatted the SD card because the Windows 2000 setup here does not like formatting SD cards.
So let’s keep the current file system
intact, and hope that it can copy files to it.
*Whew* Alright, we’re rolling.
Well I’ve tried to install Windows on an
SD card before, and this initial file
copy it takes a lot longer than what I’m
used to when i install on regular mechanical hard disks,
but this is
actually going at a pretty okay rate so I think we might be okay here.
All right. Looks like moment of truth here, I’m
going to eject the installation CD.
So that it doesn’t boot to it
And this is the ultimate moment of truth!
Can it boot to the SD card?
Not too shabby looks. Looks like it’s starting
Windows, and if it’s going to blue screen…
…it’s going to be right here.
Disc is back in the drive.
Hey… we got in, we’re in! Now this Gateway 200ARC is a 2002 computer so it’s… well it should be well acquainted with Windows 2000.
Yes this is taking an incredible amount
of time.
I’m not sure how long it’s going to take for this to install, but I hope that the boot times for this is going to be at least somewhat reasonable.
I would like to use this machine as just a very basic
web computer.
Although it’s not going to be very ideal if i’m going to be using Windows 2000.
I haven’t run into any errors yet, so looks pretty good.
Alright final stretch.
This is actually going pretty good now. This is in fact the end. I haven’t installed windows 2000 in a while. I don’t remember what
the final screen of installation looks like
This is probably it.
So if you have been wondering, throughout this installation…
…why I decided to install windows 2000.
Well Windows 2000 is a little more lightweight than Windows XP.
I originally wanted to install XP but
this little bit lighter…
In terms of installation size, and it will
definitely boot up faster on this system.
I just think it’s gonna be really satisfying to have a solid state laptop, with the exception of the optical drive.
Hello cutie pie.
Alright, this is it!
Now the initial boot is probably going
to be a little bit longer than a normal boot, but it’s going to be pretty close.
Aw crap.
And here we are! The windows 2000 desktop, with a not too bad boot up time!
We weren’t sitting here for five minutes.
Here we are.
Delicious, delicious,
It works, it works.
So a few hours ago, right after I tried
to restart the machine…
…it stopped detecting the adapter again.
So after I stopped recording to go look
for the drivers, it stopped detecting my SD card adapter
in the bios.
So I shut it off for a while and left it alone, unplugged and when I brought it back up again to see what was going on,
it booted perfectly fine, it was
actually quite fast!
And so if it actually manages to do the same thing again…
…we’ll see how long it takes.
That’s pretty snappy. I think that’s
actually faster than my SSD.
Holy crap. Although this doesn’t have
anything installed on it and it has no drivers.
it’s just the SD card, 34 second boot up,
Windows 2000, it’s got a 1.4 gigahertz
processor. Pentium M from 2002 or
something. That’s not bad, that’s pretty good.
Uhh…Wow yeah, so it’s kind of nice!
However I haven’t put it under any
stress. That’s just reading,
that’s not writing it’s just reading, and
it’s pretty fast at reading.
So if it comes down to actually doing heavy write
operations, we might be out of luck.
Alright so we’re back. Day two of this
little project.
I managed to get all the drivers
installed. It was a little bit.. took a little bit more time than I thought it was going to take because I
had to manually search for each one of
the device drivers, and the original
gateway drivers from the website are now
I can’t find them anymore. So what I did
is I used a little program called Everest
which allows you to see what devices are
on your system, and you can just
specifically go to Intel most of the
time to get the device driver for the
extreme graphics in this case, the
Realtek audio you can see the audio is working here.
So it works. The drivers work. I didn’t install all the drivers.
Cuz I really didn’t need other stuff. Like the PCMCIA slot.
I’m not going to use that so. The
Ethernet drivers installed, the wireless drivers installed. Still have to use Intel proset in order to find networks,
and not too happy about that, but it
works. As you can see we’re watching
a YouTube video. Now to run the latest
version of Firefox on Windows 2000 took a little bit of a workaround.
You have to install third-party
unofficial Windows 2000 service packs.
Update roll-ups and then you have to
make a dll modification to Firefox itself. You have to put a custom dll file in the Firefox directory
you have to run a special program to
allow the firefox installer to run because it will not run on any system lower than XP service pack 2
so this is the latest version of firefox, this is Firefox 28.
I don’t know if you can see that. It’s HD, but it’s still pretty small.
And then to install flash.
I could only use flash player 11 and I
had to do a hack.
I had to actually hack the executable
with a hexadecimal editor, change a value so that it would install on Windows 2000.
And as you can see it works perfectly fine.
It’ll give you a warning saying that
it’s a vulnerable version of flash player
and you should update it, but hell no I’m
not going to do that because trying to get it to work
a newer version is just a pipe dream, so
I’m just glad it works as well as it does right now.
All the drivers working and running off
of an SD card as its main boot volume.
I’m very very pleased, this turned out way better than I expected.
And if you want to try it any of this
yourself, if you have a gateway 200 arc
or maybe just an older laptop that has a
mini IDE/pata whatever you want to call it.
I have all the links for everything I
did in the description including my own
little driver package for the Gateway
200 arc, this laptop right here, because
there isn’t one really anywhere. You can
of course use Everest which i’ll put a
link for the description as well, to check out the hardware on your laptop, figure out what sort of drivers it needs. You might be surprised that there will be
drivers for windows 98 for this sort of
So the possibilities are well as limited
as Intel’s website is for the most part.
So yeah, that’s it, we’re done.
This is going to be pretty fun to use, I
There’s still a lot of people out
there that are trying to keep Windows 2000 alive, and it’s really really cool.
So just check out the links in the
description and…
I’ll see you next time.

100 thoughts on “Installing Windows 2000 on an SD Card

  1. Person: why did you install Windows 2000 on a flash drive?
    Me: because science isn’t about why. it’s about why not.

  2. there was a android app called: JPCSIM that emulates: Windows 3.1, 95, 98, 2000, ME, XP, Vista, 7, 8.1, 10. not complete: Windows 1.0 and 2.0: cannot get here because can't get data for these OS. Windows 8, the creators say'd that like nobody wants a Windows 8, because of not start button. Windows 10.1: too early to create this version of Windows 10.

  3. I ran it in Virtual Box and damn if it didnt work the first time, including networking.

  4. When windows 2000 on a sd card boots faster that’s windows 10 on your labtop

  5. if anything, they should also develop an interface that allows one SD card to be recognized as a Floppy disk drive, hard disk drive, and CD-ROM drive all from one card reader for old computers. I mean, we might have these following files on one SD card in the future:

    a .img file (floppy disk)

    a .vhd file (hard disk)

    a .iso file (CD-ROM)

    in theory one SD card could serve as a multi-device emulator for the hardware level.

  6. And if its a web machine,why not CloudReady?(Edit:just saw upload date)

  7. amazing!!! You give me ideas! Thank you. Try it with an old desktop of 90s

  8. Now proof Linus wrong and run Windows 10 on an SD card faster/more efficient then he did.

  9. Omg that pc boot time is more faster than my 2012 laptop LOL

  10. >uses untrusted driver software but works
    >Average person uses it and doesn't get drivers

    Don't trust software that tries to find ur drivers

  11. try puppy linux which… thats a .way to get past the read speed issue except when loading

  12. try puppy linux which… thats a .way to get past the read speed issue except when loading

  13. link for the firefox mozila is not working , pls give a another link , zippyshare ?

  14. The reason why it doesn’t have any drivers is because it’s too new that laptop looks like it was designed for windows xp the laptops before it came with specific hardware to run it and the drivers will automatically install

  15. I ran win 2000 one time on a vm but then my irl pc died. So 😫😥😥😭😭😭😭

  16. Rewatching in 2018 😂 Your videos are just too good. I'd even go as far as to say they make a bad day much better ✌

  17. Idk how you are able to use those driver programs without problems bc they are scams

  18. I run Linux in an old 4 GB SD card I had lying around (those we used in cameras remember) Xubuntu 16.04 in this case (rock solid version akin to Win7. I run all my Windows apps using Wine (windows emulator) and my whole "windows drive" only takes 50MB of space, which can be compressed down to 20MB for cloud backups. And I can load each app in its separate windows "drive" if I want to, very handy. I dare to say that I'm having better compatibility with old software than I had using Windows itself. They made everything in their hands to turn things into a complicated mess. Blessed be all the linux gurus out there. Life is so much easier now, you guys should try it. It's crazy because I don't even have Linux installed, it runs "live" from the SD card and copy all system files to small RAMdisks, this way the system is lightning fast and you increase the lifespan of your physical disks. It can see NTFS partitions too!! Did I forgot something? I think not, pretty heavy marketing over here huh… I'm just spreading the good stuff out there

  19. Just added a CF drive ( Lexar 1066 mb's ) to old asrock K8NF3-VSTA motherboard self build and my experience has been that the read times are great but the write times in certain situations takes about twice as long, I believe this is because of a lack of hard drive buffer or too little buffer. Normally a sata drive has as least 64 Gb of buffer, these cards probably have little to none because the hard drive buffer is located on the camera's motherboard, also I shortened my boot time by 17 seconds after installing the chipset drivers, now it only takes 45 sec to get to the desktop after a reboot.

  20. I'm watching again in 2018, and I think, if you still have this laptop, you should use a external GPU with the PCMCIA slot.

  21. "i would like to use this machine as a very basic web computer"
    on Windows 2000? you could be playing Unreal or Doom 3

    or minecraft
    Also Windows 2000 on an SD is one of my all time favorites videos. because it was really cool to see a windows xp laptop run an (at the moment of the video) a 14 year OS

  22. Super Talent makes IDE/PATA 2.5 inch SSD's. I am going to replace the mechanical HD in an Ipod 5th gen classic with a 1.8 inch zif ide ssd

  23. Why are you putting the computer through that much stress? Just use it as a working laptop and run ms office 97 which is the best old version it give a good feel it is free to install at winworldpc

  24. Just a quick heads-up – all the stuff that was on is now moved to Just in case somebody wanted to try this on their own in 2019.

  25. I actually have an old Compaq Armada M300 laptop, docking station (with cd/floppy drive), etc.. and bought that exact same SD to IDE Adapter for it before finding your video. I wanted to install Windows 2000 on it and ran into the formatting bug you mention. However, I was only able to get my 32gb SD Card to format as an 8063mb drive. Fine really, but was wondering how you pre-staged the format on your SD Card. I tried a Windows 98 Bootdisk, used Fdisk, created 32gb (29,xxx mb) partition, formatted as FAT32, and when I went to install Windows 2000 it saw the partition as corrupt or invalid. Only after I booted off an XP cd and went through the initial setup steps, just prior to copying any files, it let me format the drive, but only as an 8063mb partition. I then cancelled setup (by powering the machine off as it was about to copy files), swapped back to the Windows 2000 CD and tried again. This time it considered the FAT32 partition as valid and let me install onto it. Only problem, it's 8gb in size instead of 32. Again, not really an issue, just messing around, but was curious how you got the full 32gb to work on yours if you remember, @Druaga1

  26. Good solution for a system i can digest anytime i see cops outside my door

  27. I always get the 'no access to drive' message before windows 2000 instal begins :S

  28. Sequel : Installing Windows XP on an SD Card (300 MB Write 299 MB Read Class 10)

  29. I have an idea where I can make the cheapest computer in the world for the people that are in underdeveloped countries, lack of technology or both to make them increases their intelligence and improve the future, quality, and life. I just need old computers that is cheap and working, Windows 2000 is the minimum that it needs to work, and it’s has to cost 10$, the minimum to cost a single computer that is power efficient, and I will give them a solar panel if they don’t have electricity for free. All of it cost for the minimum of 10$ in every underdeveloped countries…


  31. His voice is so relaxing it’s 12:38 and I’m having trouble sleeping. This guy might put me to sleep with great tech stuff I like lol

  32. That flash drive has a bigger capacity than storage I have free on a good day

  33. Try it on a SanDisk Extreme UHS-1 90mb/s and it will not at all be so slow. Yes, read times are always much faster than write times. Also I have a second system always working from an sd card and when I first installed the o.s. every time i would boot it would stop recognizing the card (or adapter) turns out it was a setting on the bios, I don't remember which setting.

  34. "Now, you may be thinking, 'you're an idiot.' Well… you'd be right!"
    A single sentence that can sum up one's entire life so efficiently and so quickly.

  35. 2014 – no
    2015 – still no
    2016 – maybe
    2017 – thinking
    2018 – already
    2019 – let's get this video in everyone's recommendations.

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