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By dnelson ·
What does hard disk fail (20) mean? I am installing a second HDD 8.4GB quantum bigfoot ts. I set the jumper to slave and my 1.6GB WD HDD to master. If I use a boot disk I find that I can access C drive, but when I try to start win95 it locks up.

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by Nicholas Paras In reply to Hard Drive Horror!

This problem is easily solved. What this basically means is that in your BIOS your hard drives have a different configuration, than what you actually have. Enter setup (BIOS) and have the BIOS automatically detect the hard drives. Also a word on large capacity drives. Windows 95 has a bit of a problem with some large capacity drives. I also suggest an upgrade to win98 since win98 also handles Y2K dates more effectively than win95. Hope this helps. The fact that you can access the hard drive through the floppy means that your boot record may have been moved since you changed your hard disks around.

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by rnc In reply to Hard Drive Horror!

This is Easy You Stated your old hard drive
was 1.6 gig its very possible that you still have the old fat16 format on that drive
That format is incapable of recognizing partitions above 2gig. Solution is to get an upgrade version of Win98 second edition. Upgrade the OS then use Win98 fat32 converter
to convert the old disk now you should have a utility disk that you got with the new drive. This utility disk will make adjustments to the boot sector of your new drive as needed to compensate for any bios problems boot with this disk and select automatic install. follow your nose from there for your desired formatting an partition needs

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by rindi1 In reply to Hard Drive Horror!

You might have an old Bios, which doesn't recognize large drives. Try to get an update.

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by aquarian In reply to Hard Drive Horror!

disk fail (20) means the IDE device did not respond properly. Issue: settings on your WDD 1.6 drive. remove the jumper for the master setting on this drive, and it should come up fine. WD has two master settings: With the jumper in the master setting, this means there is no slave, no jumper means Master with slave drive :) Common issue with WD drives, and yes, Win95 lockup is a common symptom :)

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by Wolffman In reply to Hard Drive Horror!

I've seen this before. All the suggestions to upgrade to Win98 are good. Definitely do it, but in addition, the Bigfoot drives come with a utility that you run just once while you are configuring them for the first time that helps the system recognize the large drive. Locate the disk and quickstart card that came with the drive and read it very carefully. It should address this issue.

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