Hard drive will not boot as master drive

May 21, 2010 at 03:35:17
Specs: Windows 98SE
Dear sirs,

I recently purchased a new 80GB hard drive from Seagate for my 10-year-old computer with its aging 10-year-old hard drive.

My existing Windows installation recognized the new drive, and I formatted it into two equal partitions of 40 GB. I was able to use it immediately from a USB HD enclosure.

I then turned off the computer and disconnected all of my current hard drives and hooked up the IDE cable to this new drive. I made sure the jumper was set to the "Cable Select" position, as it was on my old drive. I hooked it up in the same cable position as my old drive.

I booted from a Windows CD and then installed Windows 98SE on this newly formatted drive, then restarted.

I received a "I/O error" from my POST screen telling me to replace the disk.

I thought the drive was bad. I hooked it up as a slave to my old hard drive, and it was recognized just fine. I could copy and read from it.

I downloaded Seatools from Seagate's website and ran tests. All tests showed that the drive was healthy.

Why won't my computer boot up from this drive? I tried Master and Slave jumper settings for this drive as well... same result.

Please help me.

EDIT: I forgot to mention: I partitioned this drive with Ranish Partition Manager, so I did not need to do the Windows98 FDISK Greater-than 64 GB fix.

Additionally, I remembered to set the active partition as the same partition on which I installed Windows98.

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May 21, 2010 at 05:26:41
This problem has been solved.

It was neither a problem with the BIOS nor the hardware. I knew this because I got the same error when I hooked it up to a completely different (and slightly more modern) computer.

I wiped the existing partitions on the new drive out and redid them with fdisk, located on a WindowsME install CD, this time. Then I installed that copy of WindowsME (also 10 years old...). Now the drive finally boots up, under the other computer. I hope it will boot up under my old computer as well.

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May 21, 2010 at 15:34:50
Why aren't you doing all this on the computer the drive's being installed in?

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May 22, 2010 at 04:11:15
I had to check to make sure that it was not my 10-year-old motherboard that was causing compatability problems.

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October 5, 2010 at 20:12:22
this is stupid but how did u get to dos after fdisking and formating?

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October 6, 2010 at 01:22:08
I had an old WindowsME install CD lying around that I used for DOS functions like fdisk and formatting. After the disk is partitioned and formatted, it should receive any operating system you want to put onto it, if you have that operating system's installation CD.

If you have a Macintosh running OSX, you may be able to format your hard drive for DOS using OSX's Disk Utility.

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