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By rjene ·
I installed a Western Digital 8.4 G hard drive in a three year old system and intalled Windows 98 SE after I got it formated. I used the Ezi-Bios software provided by Western Digital to make one big partition on the drive. I also have a second smaller hard drive, a CD rom and an Orb 2.1 G removeable drive. When I go to Windows Explorer it shows a phantom drive E:. How can I get rid of it. Sometimes I can not access the CD rom or the Orb drive because Windows Explorer can't find them, otherwise they are drives F: and G:.

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by mphoffar In reply to Phantom Drive

Sounds strange. If it's truely something off of the HDs, using fdisk to view the partition information on each HD should be able to tell you each drive designation.

I'd also be looking in the autoexec and config files. It could be you have some sort of Ram Drive loading up. A boot disk made with 98 will create a ram drive before loading a CD-Rom and there may be something that carried over onto the HD from installation.

Good luck to you

Mark

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by dmiles In reply to Phantom Drive

Using the EZ-Bios soft ware may be causing the phantom drive letter.This may require that you reinstall the applications,first make sure that the motherboard supports multiple HD,upon booting,in the bottom left corner,hit the key to enter the CMOS control panel(F10 or Delete),enable auto detect HD,use your user manual to refer too,make sure your HD are set on master and one slave with the jumper settings.
Using Fdisk,at the command prompt,select (Y) to enable large disk support,follow on screen instructions.
Update the BIOS before you start.

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by 9878445 In reply to Phantom Drive

How old is your mother board? Does it not support large drive If you have a bios that will support LBA and large drive you dont need the ez bios software. I would hook up the 2 hdds (the 8.4) as the master and the 2.1 as the slave on the promary IDEchannel leave the cd rom and the orb drive disconnected. If that doesnt cut out the phantom drive I would get rid of easy drive and go into bios using whatever key your bios chips designates on boot F1 F2 F10 Ctrl Alt ESC of Del and check and see ifthe bios sees the full size of the drive. If that doesnt work I would remove everything but the 8.4 I have a debug routine that will work better than fdisk remove all the data and format and reinstall without easy drive.

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by atc-computing In reply to Phantom Drive

I think you have a couple of issues here. First of all you stated you used the EZ-Bios software to make one big partition. The EZ-Bios is used to allow a BIOS (I'm assuming first Gen Pentium?) incapable of identifying large capacity drives to recognize them for their full worth. Without this software on an outdated BIOS you don't have to worry about partitioning! This is totally independant of the ability to create large partitions over 2 GIG. Win 95B and later (98 SE) support Fat32, which is the determining factor when contemplating partitions >2 GIG. Whether you want to use large disk access or not (Fat32) is decided before the disk is formatted.
I am not a fan of BIOS translation software, and would rather spring for a new mobo than use it. It can make crash recoverires difficult and can at times be a bear to remove. What is the size of the Phantom E What file system is it using? Does it show in DOS or just in Windows? It may be possible that the EZ-Bios utility creates an infopartition on the dri

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by atc-computing In reply to Phantom Drive

Sorry dude, first time post- didn't know they cut you off-
continued- drive. As previously posted, use FDISK to view the partition. This will show the drive it resides on and FS it uses. It you can CONFIRM it to be useless (scary) you can delete itfrom here. Please backup just in case.
As for the drive letters of the other devices, if you feel the E: is messing up their placement, simply go into Device Manager and assign them a dedicated letter further down that will not be affected.

Best of luck!

Al

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