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By Brubaker ·
got 2 HDD in the box. 1 is a 10GB and the other is a 20GB, the second was added as an option. the machine works fine with out the second HDD. The second id partitioned into 10 2GB Fat drives. Sometimes 3 or 4 of the partitions disapper. Can't see then in DOS, no virus' on the machine.Ran anti- virus s/w.The sys/bd is no as the machine works fine with the 10GB HDD.
The Cmos is ok but there is no settings for the (CHS or the LBA) there is only the size of the drive.
No additions to the machine other than the 2HDD.
Can't even format the drive in NT disk admin not can I run Fdisk from DOS.
tried flashing the Rom bios and a different Service Paq. made it worse if anything.
Any Ideas

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by jlshank In reply to disappearing partitions(a ...

are both hdd ata66 or 33, is cable compatible with both?

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by Brubaker In reply to disappearing partitions(a ...

10GB is 66/7200
20GB is 66/the speed I do not have to hand

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by ebeecher In reply to disappearing partitions(a ...

You did set a primary and a secondary drive jumper. I've ran into cases where two drives from different manufacturers simply will not work together. Does the 20 GB drive work correctly if it's the only drive in the system? The cable could be bad.

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by archer174 In reply to disappearing partitions(a ...

I have had similiar problems in the past and have found that if the jumpers are set correctly and a format or fdisk don't seem to work then the best solution can be a zero-fill.( low level format ) These are included in the bios on some machines andalso can usually be found on the manufacturer's website. If your bios is not autodetecting the drive as being lba, it may not be set that way. You can do this in a low level format.

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by Brubaker In reply to disappearing partitions(a ...

as most people has suggested - check the jumpers. all connections and settings are corrct

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by rgravelle In reply to disappearing partitions(a ...

I would first check the drive jumpers.Some
drives have a problem existing together.I
would go to the manufacturers of the drives
and check what they say about marying two
drives.Next if your bios supports it,go to
the first page of your bios, scroll down to
the first hard drive and see if it has an
auto function(click on the first item)then
go to the other end of the line and do the
same.repeat for the second drive and re-boot.You bios should tell you what drives
and what make are on your machine in the reboot process.If you get that far then
fdisk should be able to tell you what is going on.

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by rgravelle In reply to disappearing partitions(a ...

I would first check the drive jumpers.Some
drives have a problem existing together.I
would go to the manufacturers of the drives
and check what they say about marying two
drives.Next if your bios supports it,go to
the first page of your bios, scroll down to
the first hard drive and see if it has an
auto function(click on the first item)then
go to the other end of the line and do the
same.repeat for the second drive and re-boot.You bios should tell you what drives
and what make are on your machine in the reboot process.If you get that far then
fdisk should be able to tell you what is going on.

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