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Old June 11th 04, 05:17 AM
Brad L
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Default Secondary Hard Drive

I was running two hard drives in my computer. The primary
hard drive (c died. I replaced it, loaded Windows ME
again and the new drive seems to be working fine. It is
jumpered and cabled as the primary, master drive (like the
one it replaced). I reconnected the second hard drive and
it was detected by the bios but it does not show in
Windows. It is in the device manager as well but with no
drive letter assigned to it. The secondary drive is
already formatted and partitioned with Fdisk from when I
initally installed it. I did not change the cabling or
jumper settings. How can I get Windows to assign a drive
letter to the drive and make it accessable again?
  #2  
Old June 11th 04, 11:41 AM
Richard G. Harper
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Default Secondary Hard Drive

If the hard drive "died" you won't be able to. If you don't care about the
data on it you could try using FDISK and FORMAT from your bootable floppy
diskette to wipe and reformat the drive. Otherwise this is likely a case
for a professional, if there is data that must be recovered.

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"Brad L" wrote in message
...
I was running two hard drives in my computer. The primary
hard drive (c died. I replaced it, loaded Windows ME
again and the new drive seems to be working fine. It is
jumpered and cabled as the primary, master drive (like the
one it replaced). I reconnected the second hard drive and
it was detected by the bios but it does not show in
Windows. It is in the device manager as well but with no
drive letter assigned to it. The secondary drive is
already formatted and partitioned with Fdisk from when I
initally installed it. I did not change the cabling or
jumper settings. How can I get Windows to assign a drive
letter to the drive and make it accessable again?



  #3  
Old June 11th 04, 07:37 PM
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Default Secondary Hard Drive

It wasn't the secondary drive that died. It was the
primary drive that died and was replaced. The secondary
drive was working fine but now it's the one that Windows
won't acknowledge.

-----Original Message-----
If the hard drive "died" you won't be able to. If you

don't care about the
data on it you could try using FDISK and FORMAT from your

bootable floppy
diskette to wipe and reformat the drive. Otherwise this

is likely a case
for a professional, if there is data that must be

recovered.

--
Richard G. Harper [MVP Win9x]
* PLEASE post all messages and replies in the newsgroups
* for the benefit of all. Private mail is usually not

replied to.
* HELP us help YOU ...
http://www.dts-l.org/goodpost.htm


"Brad L" wrote in message
...
I was running two hard drives in my computer. The

primary
hard drive (c died. I replaced it, loaded Windows ME
again and the new drive seems to be working fine. It is
jumpered and cabled as the primary, master drive (like

the
one it replaced). I reconnected the second hard drive

and
it was detected by the bios but it does not show in
Windows. It is in the device manager as well but with

no
drive letter assigned to it. The secondary drive is
already formatted and partitioned with Fdisk from when I
initally installed it. I did not change the cabling or
jumper settings. How can I get Windows to assign a

drive
letter to the drive and make it accessable again?



.

  #4  
Old June 11th 04, 07:58 PM
Ron Martell
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Default Secondary Hard Drive

"Brad L" wrote:

I was running two hard drives in my computer. The primary
hard drive (c died. I replaced it, loaded Windows ME
again and the new drive seems to be working fine. It is
jumpered and cabled as the primary, master drive (like the
one it replaced). I reconnected the second hard drive and
it was detected by the bios but it does not show in
Windows. It is in the device manager as well but with no
drive letter assigned to it. The secondary drive is
already formatted and partitioned with Fdisk from when I
initally installed it. I did not change the cabling or
jumper settings. How can I get Windows to assign a drive
letter to the drive and make it accessable again?


Open a DOS command window and enter the following command:

FDISK /STATUS

That will tell you what is going on with regard to your hard drives
and should give some clues as to what the actual problem is. Post
the information back here if you need further advice or assistance.

Note: If you modify the command to read:

FDISK /STATUS C:\DISK.TXT

then the output will be saved in the file c:\disk.txt which you can
open in Notepad and then copy and paste the reported data into a reply
back here. DO NOT ATTACH THE DISK.TXT FILE TO A REPLY.

Good luck


Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
--
Microsoft MVP
On-Line Help Computer Service
http://onlinehelp.bc.ca

"The reason computer chips are so small is computers don't eat much."
  #5  
Old June 11th 04, 09:11 PM
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Default Secondary Hard Drive

Will do. Thank you!

-----Original Message-----
"Brad L" wrote:

I was running two hard drives in my computer. The

primary
hard drive (c died. I replaced it, loaded Windows ME
again and the new drive seems to be working fine. It is
jumpered and cabled as the primary, master drive (like

the
one it replaced). I reconnected the second hard drive

and
it was detected by the bios but it does not show in
Windows. It is in the device manager as well but with

no
drive letter assigned to it. The secondary drive is
already formatted and partitioned with Fdisk from when I
initally installed it. I did not change the cabling or
jumper settings. How can I get Windows to assign a

drive
letter to the drive and make it accessable again?


Open a DOS command window and enter the following command:

FDISK /STATUS

That will tell you what is going on with regard to your

hard drives
and should give some clues as to what the actual problem

is. Post
the information back here if you need further advice or

assistance.

Note: If you modify the command to read:

FDISK /STATUS C:\DISK.TXT

then the output will be saved in the file c:\disk.txt

which you can
open in Notepad and then copy and paste the reported data

into a reply
back here. DO NOT ATTACH THE DISK.TXT FILE TO A REPLY.

Good luck


Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
--
Microsoft MVP
On-Line Help Computer Service
http://onlinehelp.bc.ca

"The reason computer chips are so small is computers

don't eat much."
.

  #6  
Old June 12th 04, 12:03 PM
Brad L.
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Default Secondary Hard Drive


I ran the Fdisk /status command and here's the info it
gave:

Disk Drv Mbytes Free Usage
1 39206 1 100%
C: 39205
2 39080 100%

-----Original Message-----
"Brad L" wrote:

I was running two hard drives in my computer. The

primary
hard drive (c died. I replaced it, loaded Windows ME
again and the new drive seems to be working fine. It is
jumpered and cabled as the primary, master drive (like

the
one it replaced). I reconnected the second hard drive

and
it was detected by the bios but it does not show in
Windows. It is in the device manager as well but with

no
drive letter assigned to it. The secondary drive is
already formatted and partitioned with Fdisk from when I
initally installed it. I did not change the cabling or
jumper settings. How can I get Windows to assign a

drive
letter to the drive and make it accessable again?


Open a DOS command window and enter the following command:

FDISK /STATUS

That will tell you what is going on with regard to your

hard drives
and should give some clues as to what the actual problem

is. Post
the information back here if you need further advice or

assistance.

Note: If you modify the command to read:

FDISK /STATUS C:\DISK.TXT

then the output will be saved in the file c:\disk.txt

which you can
open in Notepad and then copy and paste the reported data

into a reply
back here. DO NOT ATTACH THE DISK.TXT FILE TO A REPLY.

Good luck


Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
--
Microsoft MVP
On-Line Help Computer Service
http://onlinehelp.bc.ca

"The reason computer chips are so small is computers

don't eat much."
.

  #7  
Old June 12th 04, 09:00 PM
Ron Martell
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Default Secondary Hard Drive

"Brad L." wrote:


I ran the Fdisk /status command and here's the info it
gave:

Disk Drv Mbytes Free Usage
1 39206 1 100%
C: 39205
2 39080 100%


Fdisk says that the second hard drive contains a non-DOS type
partition.

That typically happens when a third-party BIOS overlay program is used
to allow access to a hard drive that is larger than what the computer
can actually support.

Were you using any such software on the old hard drive (the one that
died)? Common names for this include MaxBlast, EZDrive, and Disk
Manager and they usually announce themselves during the boot process,
just before the Windows startup splash screen appears.


Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
--
Microsoft MVP
On-Line Help Computer Service
http://onlinehelp.bc.ca

"The reason computer chips are so small is computers don't eat much."
  #8  
Old June 12th 04, 09:56 PM
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Default Secondary Hard Drive

They're Maxtor hard drives so I believe I used the
MaxBlast software.


-----Original Message-----
"Brad L." wrote:


I ran the Fdisk /status command and here's the info it
gave:

Disk Drv Mbytes Free Usage
1 39206 1 100%
C: 39205
2 39080 100%


Fdisk says that the second hard drive contains a non-DOS

type
partition.

That typically happens when a third-party BIOS overlay

program is used
to allow access to a hard drive that is larger than what

the computer
can actually support.

Were you using any such software on the old hard drive

(the one that
died)? Common names for this include MaxBlast, EZDrive,

and Disk
Manager and they usually announce themselves during the

boot process,
just before the Windows startup splash screen appears.


Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
--
Microsoft MVP
On-Line Help Computer Service
http://onlinehelp.bc.ca

"The reason computer chips are so small is computers

don't eat much."
.

  #9  
Old June 12th 04, 10:49 PM
Steve Baron - KB3MM
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Default Secondary Hard Drive

Good stuff to ster clear of if you can.

wrote in message
...
They're Maxtor hard drives so I believe I used the
MaxBlast software.


-----Original Message-----
"Brad L." wrote:


I ran the Fdisk /status command and here's the info it
gave:

Disk Drv Mbytes Free Usage
1 39206 1 100%
C: 39205
2 39080 100%


Fdisk says that the second hard drive contains a non-DOS

type
partition.

That typically happens when a third-party BIOS overlay

program is used
to allow access to a hard drive that is larger than what

the computer
can actually support.

Were you using any such software on the old hard drive

(the one that
died)? Common names for this include MaxBlast, EZDrive,

and Disk
Manager and they usually announce themselves during the

boot process,
just before the Windows startup splash screen appears.


Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
--
Microsoft MVP
On-Line Help Computer Service
http://onlinehelp.bc.ca

"The reason computer chips are so small is computers

don't eat much."
.


  #10  
Old June 12th 04, 11:21 PM
Brad L.
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Default Secondary Hard Drive

Oh yeah, I've learned that. :-)
Any way to get rid of it and get access to the secondary
drive again?

-----Original Message-----
Good stuff to ster clear of if you can.

wrote in message
...
They're Maxtor hard drives so I believe I used the
MaxBlast software.


-----Original Message-----
"Brad L." wrote:


I ran the Fdisk /status command and here's the info it
gave:

Disk Drv Mbytes Free Usage
1 39206 1 100%
C: 39205
2 39080 100%


Fdisk says that the second hard drive contains a non-

DOS
type
partition.

That typically happens when a third-party BIOS overlay

program is used
to allow access to a hard drive that is larger than

what
the computer
can actually support.

Were you using any such software on the old hard drive

(the one that
died)? Common names for this include MaxBlast,

EZDrive,
and Disk
Manager and they usually announce themselves during the

boot process,
just before the Windows startup splash screen appears.


Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
--
Microsoft MVP
On-Line Help Computer Service
http://onlinehelp.bc.ca

"The reason computer chips are so small is computers

don't eat much."
.


.

 




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