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Windows 2000 upgrade problem

By mike.peck ·
I recently upgraded my Windows 98 PC to Windows 2000. The PC contains 2 hard drives.
Primary Master = Maxtor 6y080p0
Primary Slave = Maxtor 92049u6
When the 2000 upgrade completed the Primary master worked fine. The Primary Slave appears in My Computer but when I try to acces it I get the following message
The disk in drive D is not formated. Do you want to format it now?
I am not able to access the info on the drive. I am afraid to format it. What do I do?

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by TheChas In reply to Windows 2000 upgrade prob ...

When you installed the second hard drive, did you need to use Maxtor's Max-Blast utility to get the motherboard to recognize the full capacity of the drive?

If so, you likely lost the drive overlay software when you installed W2K.

ONLY do the following if you are confident that you had used the Maxtor setup disk to install the second drive.

Find, or download the Max-Blast utility.
Boot the PC from the floppy or CD.
Setup / recover the drives.

If you did not use Max-Blast to setup the drive, then my "best" guess is that the IDE cable is not fully seated on the slave drive.


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by Tech_Guy1 In reply to Windows 2000 upgrade prob ...

Is the slave drive a FAT16 Partition? Is so you will most likely need to upgrade it to FAT32. You can use a program called partition magic to upgrade without loosing any information. I've done it multiple times.

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