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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 mphoffar In reply to packard bell with 2 hard ...

With a second Hard drive installed, fdisk should have an options (5 I believe) that'll allow you to switch to another HD for partitioning.

If it shows it there, the first thing I'd look for is some sort of prep utility, like ezdrive or maxblast, specifically for these HDs to set them up as one. I doubt the setup would be entail using something like LBA to set these up.

This may be something already setup for you on a boot sector somewhere on the HD and the only thing you should ahve todo is just format it, even if you do fdisk it.

Obvioulsy a call to PB pay be in order, although what support their offering now is beyond me.

Just a side note, If you do format and want to reisntall something, the only problem is setting up the device drivers for everything else on the machine. Usually if you just get infs from the manufucturer and copy those into a directory on the HD along with the windows cabs and then run setup from there you're fine, but PB has always been **** when trying to do tha

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

Check BIOS. That is the only way to verify how the machine is looking at hardware. If in BIOS two hard drives appear, then you can fdisk them separately and re-install your operating system. If not, then I would assume that you do have a propietary setup that means you are, in a word - screwed. Sorry! And no, I don't know how to check CMOS in a packard bell. If the drives do appear in BIOS as separate, depending on what type of software is making them act as one, you may have to put them in a different machine to successfully fdisk them. You should be able to then re-install them in your original machine.
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by elecdata In reply to packard bell with 2 hard ...

Howdy! Yes you can fdisk and format as one drive, I've worked on many of these systems, the drives are seen as one drive to the computer.

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

Yes, first of all you should check out the CMOS settings (follow the instructions from the other answers to do this). There are two possibilities; the two hard drives are combining their capacities thus resulting a single 2.1 GB hard drive (then youcan format each one separately), or they are forming something specific to high-end servers, called RAID (redundant area of inexpensive disks). This is a back-up mechanism, meaning that the two hard drives contain the same data and if one fails the other one automatically takes over. Your case is not a actually a RAID since, as I said, this a solution used on servers with operating systems such as Win NT or Unix and have more than two hard-drives, but it could be a manufacturer idea inspired from this technology. If this is the case, you can fdisk as if you are working on a single hard drive because the other one will automatically reflect the changes. But, again, I’ve never seen this in my experience. So try fdisk and hope for the best. Also take care t

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

The simple answer is, yes, you can fdisk these drives as if they were one. You can also fdisk these drives separately if you so choose. There will be a couple jumper settings on both the HDDs, and the motherboard that you will have to change. Seethe owners manuals for information on jumper settings. Also, you may have to connect a second data cable in order to allow each drive it's own IDE interface.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

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