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By turboherbo ·
Scenario:Perfectly running machine w/K6-2 500MHz;128 MB RAM;8 GB HD(ultra 33 enabled), configured to dual boot between NT Server and Win98. I installed a second hard drive as Secondary Master. Both O/S's recognized and could read/write to drive. Theproblems began later,when I deleted NT and tried to reinstall. When prompted to choose installation directory,my second drive is not recognized,although partitions on it are! If I choose a partition on 2nd drive, I get an error/abort.If i choose a partition on drive 1, it installs, but cannot open Disk Administrator.IT GETS WORSE! I tried disabling 2nd controller in BIOS,which screwed up my Primary when running Win98(CD-ROM vanished,running in DOS-Paging mode)Finally I decided to start fresh.I restored BIOS to defaults.I removed 2nd HD. I repartitioned/reformatted the original drive on controller 1. I ran fdisk /mbr. Then, I installed Win98. PROBLEM#1: I cannot install my ATA/33 IDE driver. When I try, I get two instances of it in device manager,one with an "!" next to it. Also,same controller problems as before. I had to reinstall and settle for the generic IDE drivers to resolve this.PROBLEM#2:Still can't install NT. I have run setup from Win98,boot disks and result is same:copies installation files;reboot. Normal boot.ini,choose installation/upgrade.Normal blue screen phase,select partition,etc;reboot. This time, it gets to boot menu and quickly selects NT Server,initial blue screen appears. Then,WHAM!-Blue Screen of Death!
Error message:STOP:0x000007E:Inaccessible boot device. Here's what I know: partitions are FAT.I tried 'em all.Files are being copied, both temporary on C: and installation folder on target drive.NTLDR is initializing because I get a boot menu. Boot.ini path is correct.It seems failure point is when control is passed from NT loader to installation partition/directory. It's as if it cannot "read" the files it earlier copied. Also,

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by spiceman In reply to NT Installation Weirdness

Sounds like some hardware damage has occured. Try as a first step to use a completely new or different hard disk from the orininal and see if that does the trick. Maybe then put these other drives as secondary non-boot drives.

Good luck

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by dheupel In reply to NT Installation Weirdness

OK, let's remember a couple of things: 1) NT does not like partitions greater than 8 GB, 2) NT will not recognize any partitions other than FAT16 when installing.

So, when you repartitioned and reformatted the "original" drive, did you enable "large hard drive support". If so, then you formatted with FAT32. The following MS Knowledgebase Article should help a little:

Q119497

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