hard drive does not show up

May 3, 2005 at 16:22:16
Specs: Windows 98SE, 400 / 128

My problem is the following. I have an older computer (which has an Award BIOS from '99) which runs OK except for one thing. The second hard drive posts in DOS, which is to say that it is recognized by BIOS. When I get to Windows it is just not there. This second hard drive is the slave drive with the master HD being that one which I have my operating system on. Unfortunately this second HD does not show up in Windows, just the first one. Does this mean that it's no good and that I should chuck it?


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#1
May 3, 2005 at 16:34:51

Watch the POST screens to see if ALL drives are properly identified by model. If they are then boot to a Win98 boot disk and type Fdisk and see if there is an option #5.

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#2
May 3, 2005 at 16:49:29

"second hard drive posts in DOS, which is to say that it is recognized by BIOS"

.. except not really. DOS is not involved in the POST (not all text you see is DOS)

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.


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#3
May 3, 2005 at 17:11:44

I'm trying to remember the old award bios and if my mind serves me, there is a setting in BIOS that must be set to recognize a second hard drive. Go into BIOS and look for the hardware settings. I believe there is a setting for the first and second IDE channels that must BOTH be set to 'automatic' for a two drive array. A single drive setting would have the first channel set to auto while the second channel would be off. I specifically remember that if they were both set to auto and there was only one drive, I got a prompt that it could not find the second drive, so you had to set it to 'off'.
Just look into it is all I can say.

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#4
May 3, 2005 at 19:21:56

Well guys, here's the scoop. I created myself a boot disk (with another computer), called up fdisk, and sure enough, no partition had been created on this HD. So I created the partition and in addition had to reformat the HD which itself took maybe 10 or 15 minutes. Several times during the formatting it was saying "trying to recover allocation unit", and from my perspective it seemed to be struggling to format this drive.
But after this format the HD did indeed show up in Windows!!
I just would like to say thanks for all individuals who made a contribution to this post, and in particular to OtheHill who had the right answer.
Now my computer is happy and he can get a good night's sleep.

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