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By jahmekyahn ·
My friend put another hard drive in my pc so I had drive "C", "D",&"E"drive for CD rom. I had a problem with windows 98 startup so I asked him to re-install Windows 98.Since he reinstalled windows 98 I am only seeing 2 drive "C" and "D" for CD rom.can I get some assistance as to why the other drive is missing.

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by cybercowboy In reply to Missing Hard drive

With out additional information regarding the IDE controller chipset, I can only guess that the proper drivers for the Master IDE Controller are not installed correctly. A quick check of the device manager should tell if both your IDE channels are functioning properly.

I'm assuming:
C: drive is the master device on the primary channel,

I'm assuming:
drive (CDROM) is the slave device on the primary channel.

I'm assuming:
E: drive (second hard drive) is connected to the secondary channel, and that the device manager displays this channel as non-functional (a red X through the secondary IDE controller)

If the red X is present it is an indication of a failed driver. You may need to download a vendor driver for your motherboard's IDE Controller. Windows 98 generally does a good job of installing IDE devices, but your IDE controller may not be a standard Win98 controller.

Good Luck

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by cns In reply to Missing Hard drive

Usually when someone brings in a PC with this stated info I suspect someone has placed 2 physical drives on 1 data ribbon but have both drives jumpered as Master drives, in which case the first drive on the data ribbon is the only drive seen.
Another possibility, the CD drive was accidentally disconnected and they attached the slave socket on your HDD ribbon to the CD and connected the second HDD to the CD ribbon.
If you're not sure of what to do inside the PC, have someone (using static protection)that you are confident can perform the task do it for you.
We don't want your PC inadvertently damaged.

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by RCOM In reply to Missing Hard drive

Did you have 2 actual physical drives or was there one drive split or as it's called partitioned into 2 drives? Open the case and check. Also make sure the power cables are connected and that the red or colored stripe on the ribbon cable is next to the power connector.

If there is 2 actual drives in the system then one of them may not be set up in the BIOS. Access the system BIOS by pressing the delete key and look in the first section and see what drives are there. Also you can try auto detecting the drives if that's one of the choices.

Simple question, are you sure that drive D is the CDROM and not the other hard drive?

In DOS, if the second drive wasn't formatted and you tried to access it the error would be "invalid media type...." but it would be there.

By the way If both drives are connected and jumpered as masters, the system would hang trying to detect the IDE devices so that's not the answer.

My guess is that originally there was only one drive installedand it was partitioned into 2 drives. If this is the case, your friend probably fdisked the drive and set it up with only 1 partition before formatting and installing Windows 98.

To check and see what happened boot to DOS and run fdisk. Select 4 to view the drive info. It will show how many partitions are there. There will be a main and an extended. If there's no extended partition then he set the drive up as one single drive.

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by opatzg In reply to Missing Hard drive

Rcom seems to have nailed it, in addition how big is this new drive? If all of it is not allocated you can set up an extended partition in fdisk and allocate the rest of the space up to 32 gig for win98 and then format it to make it useable. Thenyour cd rom drive will be back to drive E.
We do need a little more info here though. 1 or 2 drives, size of drives, how old is the motherboard, older motherboards may not support the larger drives of today without a software driver from the manufacturer,...
Good luck

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by Choppit In reply to Missing Hard drive

Assuming the drives are jumpered properly (i.e. 1 Master, 1 Slave per channel)and that all 3 drives show during P.O.S.T and available from DOS. Disconnect the CDROM and reboot, hopefully you'll
see C and D. Shut down reconnect the CD drive and reboot. Also check that you're using the correct ribbon as UDMA100 drives need a different (finer pitch) ribbon.

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by kiwimagic In reply to Missing Hard drive

I believe that the above answers have covered it. However, there is another possablitiy. Check that the power and controller cables, have not pulled out of the drives, by first going to CMOS, and c=trying HDD auto detect. If this fails, check physical connections and drive jumper settings.

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