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Old March 10th 06, 05:30 PM posted to microsoft.public.win98.disks.general
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Default Windows does not assign a letter to my slave harddrive

I have a PIII Windows 98 PC with two Hard Drives – 10 GB and 40 GB. The 10 GB
one used to store the software and 40 GB one store the files like photos and
doc. For some reason the PC crashed and I had to reformat the 10 GB one and
reinstalled the windows 98. However, after the installation, I can not see
the 40 GB one in My Computer. I can see it in the setup, and I can also find
it named as ‘Generic Disk’ in the ‘Disk Drives’ under Control
Panel\System\Device Manager. But there is no letter assigned to it. And it
does not allow me to manually assign the letter. I have the Hard Drive
installation disk but it requires the erase of the disk. Is there any way
that I can bring back that disk without erase the files already in there?


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Old March 10th 06, 06:26 PM posted to microsoft.public.win98.disks.general
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Default Windows does not assign a letter to my slave harddrive

a pc with a 10GB original drive may be old enough that the BIOS cannot
support drives larger than (something (32GB?afair?)) if that is the case
then there was a drive overlay installed on the boot drive previously that
allowed the pc to access the 40GB, a drive larger than specified in the
bios. Goto the manufacturers web site of the 'unseen' drive and look for
drive overlays.
Maxtor produce MaxBlast,
WD produce DataLifeguard.

Read the instructions,
Read the instructions,
Read the instructions,
Ensure that this is the right solution before you do anything, check BIOS
settings drive types etc
it is possible to *expletive*deleted* the pc again if an overlay is
improperly installed.
--
-
Adaware http://www.lavasoft.de
spybot http://security.kolla.de
AVG free antivirus http://www.grisoft.com
Etrust/Vet/CA.online Antivirus scan
http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx
Panda online AntiVirus scan http://www.activescan.com
Panda online AntiSpyware Scan
http://www.pandasoftware.com/virus_info/spyware/test/
Catalog of removal tools (1)
http://www.pandasoftware.com/download/utilities/
Catalog of removal tools (2)
http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/n...aspx?CID=40387
Trouble Shooting guide to Windows http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/
Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts file
http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm
links provided as a courtesy, read all instructions on the pages before
use
Grateful thanks to the authors/webmasters
_
"Hua Wang" wrote in message
...
I have a PIII Windows 98 PC with two Hard Drives - 10 GB and 40 GB. The 10

GB
one used to store the software and 40 GB one store the files like photos

and
doc. For some reason the PC crashed and I had to reformat the 10 GB one

and
reinstalled the windows 98. However, after the installation, I can not see
the 40 GB one in My Computer. I can see it in the setup, and I can also

find
it named as 'Generic Disk' in the 'Disk Drives' under Control
Panel\System\Device Manager. But there is no letter assigned to it. And it
does not allow me to manually assign the letter. I have the Hard Drive
installation disk but it requires the erase of the disk. Is there any way
that I can bring back that disk without erase the files already in there?




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Old March 10th 06, 09:41 PM posted to microsoft.public.win98.disks.general
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Default Windows does not assign a letter to my slave harddrive

Thanks for your response:

But when I start the PC and push F10 to get in the Setup, I can see this
drive defined as primary slave with correct size 40960MB. Also If I use fdisk
under MS-DOS Promt, I can see this drive but with no letter.

This 40 GB drive worked fine in this machine before it crashed. Since I
already save a lot of files there, I hope I can save them without erase them
with HD installation program or fdisk.

"AlmostBob" wrote:

a pc with a 10GB original drive may be old enough that the BIOS cannot
support drives larger than (something (32GB?afair?)) if that is the case
then there was a drive overlay installed on the boot drive previously that
allowed the pc to access the 40GB, a drive larger than specified in the
bios. Goto the manufacturers web site of the 'unseen' drive and look for
drive overlays.
Maxtor produce MaxBlast,
WD produce DataLifeguard.

Read the instructions,
Read the instructions,
Read the instructions,
Ensure that this is the right solution before you do anything, check BIOS
settings drive types etc
it is possible to *expletive*deleted* the pc again if an overlay is
improperly installed.
--
-
Adaware http://www.lavasoft.de
spybot http://security.kolla.de
AVG free antivirus http://www.grisoft.com
Etrust/Vet/CA.online Antivirus scan
http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx
Panda online AntiVirus scan http://www.activescan.com
Panda online AntiSpyware Scan
http://www.pandasoftware.com/virus_info/spyware/test/
Catalog of removal tools (1)
http://www.pandasoftware.com/download/utilities/
Catalog of removal tools (2)
http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/n...aspx?CID=40387
Trouble Shooting guide to Windows http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/
Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts file
http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm
links provided as a courtesy, read all instructions on the pages before
use
Grateful thanks to the authors/webmasters
_
"Hua Wang" wrote in message
...
I have a PIII Windows 98 PC with two Hard Drives - 10 GB and 40 GB. The 10

GB
one used to store the software and 40 GB one store the files like photos

and
doc. For some reason the PC crashed and I had to reformat the 10 GB one

and
reinstalled the windows 98. However, after the installation, I can not see
the 40 GB one in My Computer. I can see it in the setup, and I can also

find
it named as 'Generic Disk' in the 'Disk Drives' under Control
Panel\System\Device Manager. But there is no letter assigned to it. And it
does not allow me to manually assign the letter. I have the Hard Drive
installation disk but it requires the erase of the disk. Is there any way
that I can bring back that disk without erase the files already in there?





  #4  
Old March 10th 06, 11:42 PM posted to microsoft.public.win98.disks.general
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Default Windows does not assign a letter to my slave harddrive

Your hard drive installation software should have the option to install it
to the boot drive without configuring the slave drive. This is the option
you want, as the slave drive is already configured with the special
partitioning, but the software needed to access it isn't being loaded at
boot time.

The fact that you can see the drive correctly in BIOS setup simply means
that (perhaps) the overlay configuration isn't necessary. But since you
have already configured the slave drive with that software, then Windows
will only see the partitioning (and the files) if you install the access
software to the boot drive. If your BIOS really can cope with a drive that
size then you could erase that slave drive and start over without the
overlay software, but it seems that's what you are trying to avoid.
--
Jeff Richards
MS MVP (Windows - Shell/User)
"Hua Wang" wrote in message
...
Thanks for your response:

But when I start the PC and push F10 to get in the Setup, I can see this
drive defined as primary slave with correct size 40960MB. Also If I use
fdisk
under MS-DOS Promt, I can see this drive but with no letter.

This 40 GB drive worked fine in this machine before it crashed. Since I
already save a lot of files there, I hope I can save them without erase
them
with HD installation program or fdisk.

"AlmostBob" wrote:

a pc with a 10GB original drive may be old enough that the BIOS cannot
support drives larger than (something (32GB?afair?)) if that is the case
then there was a drive overlay installed on the boot drive previously
that
allowed the pc to access the 40GB, a drive larger than specified in the
bios. Goto the manufacturers web site of the 'unseen' drive and look for
drive overlays.
Maxtor produce MaxBlast,
WD produce DataLifeguard.

Read the instructions,
Read the instructions,
Read the instructions,
Ensure that this is the right solution before you do anything, check BIOS
settings drive types etc
it is possible to *expletive*deleted* the pc again if an overlay is
improperly installed.
--
-
Adaware http://www.lavasoft.de
spybot http://security.kolla.de
AVG free antivirus http://www.grisoft.com
Etrust/Vet/CA.online Antivirus scan
http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx
Panda online AntiVirus scan http://www.activescan.com
Panda online AntiSpyware Scan
http://www.pandasoftware.com/virus_info/spyware/test/
Catalog of removal tools (1)
http://www.pandasoftware.com/download/utilities/
Catalog of removal tools (2)
http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/n...aspx?CID=40387
Trouble Shooting guide to Windows http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/
Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts file
http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm
links provided as a courtesy, read all instructions on the pages before
use
Grateful thanks to the authors/webmasters
_
"Hua Wang" wrote in message
...
I have a PIII Windows 98 PC with two Hard Drives - 10 GB and 40 GB. The
10

GB
one used to store the software and 40 GB one store the files like
photos

and
doc. For some reason the PC crashed and I had to reformat the 10 GB one

and
reinstalled the windows 98. However, after the installation, I can not
see
the 40 GB one in My Computer. I can see it in the setup, and I can also

find
it named as 'Generic Disk' in the 'Disk Drives' under Control
Panel\System\Device Manager. But there is no letter assigned to it. And
it
does not allow me to manually assign the letter. I have the Hard Drive
installation disk but it requires the erase of the disk. Is there any
way
that I can bring back that disk without erase the files already in
there?







  #5  
Old March 11th 06, 12:07 AM posted to microsoft.public.win98.disks.general
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Default Windows does not assign a letter to my slave harddrive

thats what a crash is, dont work no more
please try, enter the bios and page through the list of drive types, without
changing any settings, escape out or f(whichever) to not save,
If none of the supported drive types are 40GB or larger then you require the
manufacturers drive overlay.
Type 47, ((or 63 or 127) (whatever the highest number in the bios version))
are manually configured drive types for which overlays are often required.
If supported(named) drive types are over 40Gb, you dont and my idea is
useless.
reported, inaccessible drives after a reinstall have been due to missing
overlay software many times before, the Bios knows the drive is there and
its size, but does not know how to address it
--
-
Adaware http://www.lavasoft.de
spybot http://security.kolla.de
AVG free antivirus http://www.grisoft.com
Etrust/Vet/CA.online Antivirus scan
http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx
Panda online AntiVirus scan http://www.activescan.com
Panda online AntiSpyware Scan
http://www.pandasoftware.com/virus_info/spyware/test/
Catalog of removal tools (1)
http://www.pandasoftware.com/download/utilities/
Catalog of removal tools (2)
http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/n...aspx?CID=40387
Trouble Shooting guide to Windows http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/
Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts file
http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm
links provided as a courtesy, read all instructions on the pages before
use
Grateful thanks to the authors/webmasters
_
"Hua Wang" wrote in message
...
Thanks for your response:

But when I start the PC and push F10 to get in the Setup, I can see this
drive defined as primary slave with correct size 40960MB. Also If I use

fdisk
under MS-DOS Promt, I can see this drive but with no letter.

This 40 GB drive worked fine in this machine before it crashed. Since I
already save a lot of files there, I hope I can save them without erase

them
with HD installation program or fdisk.

"AlmostBob" wrote:

a pc with a 10GB original drive may be old enough that the BIOS cannot
support drives larger than (something (32GB?afair?)) if that is the case
then there was a drive overlay installed on the boot drive previously

that
allowed the pc to access the 40GB, a drive larger than specified in the
bios. Goto the manufacturers web site of the 'unseen' drive and look for
drive overlays.
Maxtor produce MaxBlast,
WD produce DataLifeguard.

Read the instructions,
Read the instructions,
Read the instructions,
Ensure that this is the right solution before you do anything, check

BIOS
settings drive types etc
it is possible to *expletive*deleted* the pc again if an overlay is
improperly installed.
--
-
Adaware http://www.lavasoft.de
spybot http://security.kolla.de
AVG free antivirus http://www.grisoft.com
Etrust/Vet/CA.online Antivirus scan
http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx
Panda online AntiVirus scan http://www.activescan.com
Panda online AntiSpyware Scan
http://www.pandasoftware.com/virus_info/spyware/test/
Catalog of removal tools (1)
http://www.pandasoftware.com/download/utilities/
Catalog of removal tools (2)
http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/n...aspx?CID=40387
Trouble Shooting guide to Windows http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/
Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts file
http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm
links provided as a courtesy, read all instructions on the pages

before
use
Grateful thanks to the authors/webmasters
_
"Hua Wang" wrote in message
...
I have a PIII Windows 98 PC with two Hard Drives - 10 GB and 40 GB.

The 10
GB
one used to store the software and 40 GB one store the files like

photos
and
doc. For some reason the PC crashed and I had to reformat the 10 GB

one
and
reinstalled the windows 98. However, after the installation, I can not

see
the 40 GB one in My Computer. I can see it in the setup, and I can

also
find
it named as 'Generic Disk' in the 'Disk Drives' under Control
Panel\System\Device Manager. But there is no letter assigned to it.

And it
does not allow me to manually assign the letter. I have the Hard Drive
installation disk but it requires the erase of the disk. Is there any

way
that I can bring back that disk without erase the files already in

there?







 




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