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Recognising 4 IDE Hard Drives

By peter ·
Have a Win98SE machine using 4 hard drives on both the IDE channels.
i.e. Primary Master & Slave & Secondary Master & Slave.

I am unable to get Windows to recognise the 4th drive once I remove a CD Rom Drive (used to setup) & then attempt to add the 4th drive.

I get errors on both the drive & also secondary IDE channel in Device Manager.

Using a ASUS TULS2-C Motherboard

A fellow tech suggested it may not be possible due to limitations with Win98.

I must unfortunately use Win98.

Need to know if he is right or if another solution (apart from Promise Card) exists to be able to use existing setup.

Thanks in Advance

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Recognising 4 IDE Hard Dr ...

When you added the last drive was it a blank drive or had it been previously used?

As BIOS is seeing all of the Drives it sounds very much like the last drive added has an active partiton on it which is causing your problems with 98 you can only have one active partition which the OS is loaded on if you have more you'll get all sorts of errors and it will not work.

Now if you have Important Data on thsi drive you'll have to use another computer to copy it to some form of storage media and wipe the drive and then run FDISK and Format F on the 98 computer. Then copy the data back to that drive and it should work.

Incidently you can get a PCI to IDE controller Card quite cheaply and still retain a CD/DVD Burner so you have the ability to backup the data but just put the External Burner on the M'Board's IDE controllers andnot the PCI card that can quite happily take as many HDD as you want so if you need to use 98 and require the storage you should be able to use as big a Drive as you can afford off the IDE Controler Card as it is inderpendant of the M'Board and has a diffeent BIOS set so you shouldn't have the same limitations that the M'Board IDE controller has.


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