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packard bell with 2 hard drives

By ehughbanks ·
did not mean to close this question,..i have a packard bell force1999 with a pent133, i want to fdisk, reformat and upgrade to win98, when i opened the pc there are 2 harddrives inside, a sticker on the drives say they must be used as a set, in "my computer" only one harddrive shows up as c:, 2.1G,my question is...can i fdisk and format just like normal?
i have talked to a few other techs and they agree the 2 drives are working as one virtual drive..most have never seen or heard of this in a home pc, can anyone give me info? i would really like to hear from someone who has actually worked on or seen this before,thanks

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by Berserker In reply to packard bell with 2 hard ...

Have you tried to take out the harddrives and check on their individual capacity. Maybe it is only 1 GB each or the 2.1 GB each. Try to check in your BIOS whether, both of them are enable or only the primary is only enabled. I cannot help you on the 2 drives acting as one virtual drive. if you are out of ideas, go and buy a new harddrives. Make sure your computer can support their capacity.

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by drobert69 In reply to packard bell with 2 hard ...

I have seen this before the two drives that i seen 1 was an 850mb the 1.5 gig together they showed as 2.5 gig the sys will not work with a single drive therefore trying to upgrade the drives to a newer larger drive is out of the ? I would not suggest trying to format until you fdisk them or it if you fdisk them and see them as two seperate drives display the partition info to see what you have on each you may be able to delete the active partition but I would not sugest deleting any others Iknow that the drives will not work apart either if they show up as on drive in fdisk then display part info again delete active partition the format drive and install 98 do not delete any other partions on the drive as they are there to let the system know that they work together

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by bstei18 In reply to packard bell with 2 hard ...

The machine probably is combining the totals of the two drives.

One thing you may want to try is to go to the web site of the HDs maker and look for their setup tool such as Maxtor's MaxBlast, Seagate's Disk Wizard or Quantum's Ontrack Disk Manager. You can use these to fdisk and format your drives in a number of ways. Please read the directions first and make sure you check PB's manuals for possible problems.

Good Luck.

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by bstei18 In reply to packard bell with 2 hard ...

If you've checked the previous suggestions and still have a problem you may want to check your power supply. Is the fan on the PS dirty? Is it spinning properly? Does the PS feel hot? You could also check the voltages. Do this carefully and never open the power supply while it's running! Don't cross any of the contacts. If you don't feel right with this take it to a pro.

These are the voltages you should see on the power connectors with as much as 5% + or -.

Black = Ground
Yellow = +12
Red = +5

If you are not getting these values you'll need to replace the PS. Leave the meter on for a while to see if there are drops in power.

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by calves In reply to packard bell with 2 hard ...

You have more than enough good answers here, but I want to speak my mind.
I'd check the Bios to see if the system sees it as 1 disk. If that is the case, it should be perfectly safe to fdisk it, for DOS is collecting the info from Bios. When you dothe Fdisk make sure you use a Win98 Startup disk to allow you to creater a FAT32 partition.
Now, b4 I risk my computer, I'd give PB a call (your computer should have 3 yrs warranty) and ask them about it.
I got to tell you, it's amazing what companies do to proprietary systems to force you to buy a new computer in stead of upgrading. I know that next time you'll open the box b4 you buy it, won't you?
I tried checking specs for you on PB site, but site was not avail.

Good luck!

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