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By robt-nelson ·
I am putting together or should say reconfiguring a PC for charity and am
having a problem with it getting to recognize a 2nd hard drive under Windows-95.
System is a generic 486DX100 with 16 MB Ram, has 2 hard drives, (1st one is 1.6GB, 2nd one is 850MB), 4X CD-ROM, etc.
It WAS running DOS/Windows3.1 with no problems!
Drives were configured as : #1-HD=C: & , #2-HD=E: & F:, CD-ROM=G:

After FDISKing and Formatting the hard drives (#1 as C: & , #2 as E:),
using Windows-95 Fdisk & Format.
I loaded Windows-95/SR2 with no problems, except that Windows does not recognize or report that the 2nd hard drive exists and both MY COMPUTER and Windows Explorer just hang when executed. Also, starting in native DOS mode and trying to do achkdsk or scandisk on drive E: also just hangs the system.
If I turn off the 2nd hard drive in the BIOS, Win. Explorer & MY COmputer work fine and report just C: & .

Thsi is driving me crazy!!! Please help!!!!


Thank you VERY much!!!Sincerely,

Rob

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by WattyG In reply to Missing Hard Drive

Rob

If you are still having a problem seeing your second drive try adding LASTDRIVE=Z to your config.sys as you are probably just running out of available drive letters.

Regards

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by robt-nelson In reply to Missing Hard Drive

As stated in original question - Windows-3.1 recognized both HD's fine, therefore BIOS did NOT need upgrading, and jumpers were set correctly also since both drives worked fine in DOS-6.22 & WIN-3.1!
Only difference was that in WIN95, 2nd HD was FDISK'd and formatted as a SINGLE drive (E:) instead of 2 drives (E: & F:) as they were under WIN-3.1.

Problem turned out to be AUTO DETECT for HD's in BIOS was set on. Turned it off and typed in HD params and WIN found 2nd HD okay!
Thanks for ur suggestions anyway!

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by agooscars In reply to Missing Hard Drive

Like other mates say check yoru master/slave jumpers to make sure everything is ok.If you have all ok you could try with an application like partition magic to make partitions as you like.

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by robt-nelson In reply to Missing Hard Drive

As stated in original question - Windows-3.1 recognized both HD's fine, therefore BIOS did NOT need upgrading, and jumpers were set correctly also since both drives worked fine in DOS-6.22 & WIN-3.1!
Only difference was that in WIN95, 2nd HD was FDISK'd and formatted as a SINGLE drive (E:) instead of 2 drives (E: & F:) as they were under WIN-3.1.

Problem turned out to be AUTO DETECT for HD's in BIOS was set on. Turned it off and typed in HD params and WIN found 2nd HD okay!
Thanks for ur suggestions anyway!

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