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Missing harddrives in Windows Explorer

By boblav ·
I have added a second harddrive to my Win98SE system. All appears Ok except the added hard drive partitions do not show up in Windows Explorer. I have 5 partitions on my original drive and added another 5 partitions on the new drive. I also shifted the CDROM designation.

Everything shows up proper in DOS and even on the Win98 version of WIN 3.1 File Manager. But NOT in Windows explorer. There must be some simple options I have overlooked. How to get the new drive/partitions to show up in Win Explorer?

Thank You.

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by ojmj In reply to Missing harddrives in Win ...

In earlier versions, DOS required a line in the CONFIG.SYS file that indicated the last drive to look for. I suggest you add the following line to your CONFIG.SYS:

LASTDRIVE=Z

You must save the file and reboot in order for it to take effect.

Hope this helps. It may or may not do the trick.

O.J.

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by boblav In reply to Missing harddrives in Win ...

I had tried that. I also went into Device manager|CDROM|DRIVE|PROPERTIES|SETTINGS
and changed the CD drive letter. The changes take place in the computer, show up in DOS and 3.1 File Manger but no changed drive letters show up in Windows Explorer. That is the changes take place, Windows Explorer just will not rccognize any changes.

Thank you anyway.

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by MicroSloth In reply to Missing harddrives in Win ...

Try running msconfig.exe and under the general Tab, check what your startup selection is.

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by boblav In reply to Missing harddrives in Win ...

To: MicroSloth: Thank you for the suggestion. I went into msconfig|General. All the system files were checked so as to activate them.

I doubled checked the files by opening them up to check for any commands that would impact Windows Explorer. There were none except the very basic, expected ones. ---Except In Config.sys I had added: LastDrive=X to unconstrain the assignment of Drive letters.

Again, all drive letters are properly assigned (per Dos) but Windows Explorer just does not want to show them. My only thought is that somehow the Windows Explorer display is somehow being controlled in the Registry.

Thanks again. I'm frustrated and willng to try anything.

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by konfigurator In reply to Missing harddrives in Win ...

Maybe its a little bit to simple, but have you already checked, wheather the master / salve jumpers are really set correctly ? Some HDD manufacturers have some confusing descriptions concerning the jumpers. Try CD Rom as slave at IDE primary and thenew HDD as master (no slave present, sometimes its different jumper settings to master with slave present) at the sec. IDE bus. Also the master / slave jumper description is mirrorwed to the real settings, depending on how you hold the hdd in your hands. Are all partitions Fat 32 and are you sure there is no NTFS partition on the new drive ? In this case, the whole disk may be invisible at Win 98.
Also I know , that there is a maximum of partitions allowed, but I dont know the exact quantity. Try using the new HDD with only one partition, if thats running fine try using two partitions, and so on.
Hope this will help you although its taking lots of time depending on the HDD size.
Rgds.

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by boblav In reply to Missing harddrives in Win ...

Found the answer in TWEAKUI. Cjamged the drive letter selections there. That fixed it. Obviously it was a Registry problem--far beyond my skill level.
Thanks to all.

bovlav@jps.net

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