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Second Hard Drive Recognition Problem

By zenonr ·
I have an Athlon 750 computer with Win 98 SE; I have set up a WD 20 gig HD as primary master and a WD 8 gig as primary slave. They are both connected to the primary IDE data cable; during boot up both drives show up on the screen and in the CMOS. When I am in Windows C drive shows up as 20 gig and D drive also shows up as 20 gig. When I go to dos prompt both C & D drive are 20 gig. Need help in figuring out why the 8 gig HD does not show up in Windows. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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by acurrin In reply to Second Hard Drive Recogni ...

Check the Western Digital website www.westerndigital.com and download the Data Lifeguard tools.

I have had similar problems that running these utilities has resolved.

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by zenonr In reply to Second Hard Drive Recogni ...

Using the Data Lifeguard tools disk i formatted the hard drive rebooted and that made the 8 gig Hd show up as an 8 gig HD. Thanks for your help.

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by Charley In reply to Second Hard Drive Recogni ...

I suspect that Windows is just acting a bit silly. Boot from your windows boot disk. Run fdisk and see what it reports. I suspect it will report an 8GB drive. If that is the case, then go ahead and set up a partition on that drive. When you restart, you will need to format the drive.

If fdisk reports a 20GB drive, then you will need to check both your BIOS settings (make sure they are set to autodetect your drive at startup) and the jumpers on your drives. Make sure that the 20GB IS set to "Device 1 (slave) present" (not master) and that the 8GB is set to slave. Ignore the "Cable Select" settings. The setting labels I use here are from IBM drives, but I know that some WD drives use similar labels. Just make sure that your drives are jumpered correctly and that your BIOS is set to autodetect drives at startup.

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by zenonr In reply to Second Hard Drive Recogni ...

Re formatting the HD did the trick, Thanks.

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