Cannot get DOS to see second HDD

Microsoft Upg-vc ms-dos 6.22 lics pack
May 19, 2010 at 23:12:00
Specs: MS-DOS 6.22 ; Windows XP
Hi all!
I have been trying to get DOS to recognise my second HDD, it is the slave on IDE0.
I am dual booting MS-DOS 6.22 and Windows XP

I have added more drive letters through config.sys, (i know this is unessecary now, but one boot disk program had it partitioned with many 2Gb partitions, which I thought I'd try)
I have partitioned the disk - a 20Gb Seagate- with one 1960mb partition, FAT16.
I have tried all sorts of methods to get DOS to see it - I can access C: and A: and CD-ROM, which is now F: but not any other letter.
XP sees the disk just fine. I partitioned the disk with several different boot programs and with windows, to no avail.

I was hoping to initially get the drive to show up in DOS 6.22 and then install DOS 7.10 on it.

Any help is much appreciated!!!!

Ben.


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#1
May 20, 2010 at 02:02:52
[1] Was it partitioned with DOS in this box as slave?

[2] When DOS doesn't see it, are you booted on the master?

[3] Try this:

fdisk /status


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#2
May 20, 2010 at 03:47:26
Thanks for your reply!

[1] I partitioned it after I installed DOS and Windows on the master drive, mainly in a effort to get DOS to recognise it - it is set to slave on the jumper. I checked it existed in BIOS, and I have partitioned it with UBCD utilities.. I have also tried booting to windows, and partitioning it from there, and I have used a 'zero write' program to erase it and started from scratch, but to no avail.

[2] When DOS doesn't see it, I am booted from the master.

[3] I thought that command was the golden one I've been looking for, the "what is on my computer that you can see, Mr DOS?" command, which I'm guessing it is, but all I get when I run it from c:\ is 'not ready reading drive E
Abort, Retry, Fail?

The mystery continues!

Ben.


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#3
May 20, 2010 at 03:50:19
One more note: The slave was never partitioned using the DOS install itself, which boots from the master disk, only with boot disks, as DOS has never yet seen it or noticed it or paid any attention whatsoever..
Poor slave!

Ben.


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#4
May 20, 2010 at 03:59:26
OH another update! Fdisk still fails on e:\ like I wrote on the first reply, but it brings up a table, which had
d:\ 1961
at the bottom, which looks like it! E: is my windows install so of course that will fail. I can change to d:\ but I am getting this issue now:
D:\>dir/w

Invalid media type reading drive D:
Abort Retry Fail?
And I get the same if I try copy or xcopy with d:\ as the target.

Ben.


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#5
May 20, 2010 at 04:06:23
HAHA YES!! Got it!! used format on it once your golden command worked
fdisk /status
and it is a happening thing!!!
Thanks a bunch, that really saved me from tearing down some walls!

Cheers,
Ben.


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#6
May 20, 2010 at 04:22:52
Ben

GTH

For future reference, when I make any partition changes with fdisk I always reboot. So that DOS loads the current partition table.


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#7
May 20, 2010 at 04:33:00
Thanks for your time, I really appreciate people with good skills sharing with learners such as myself.

If you get a chance I have posted again [sigh] haha

http://www.computing.net/answers/do...

Cheers,
Ben.


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