primary slave hard disk

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April 2, 2009 at 16:05:47
Specs: windows98 second edition, intel pentium166 mmx
updated bios on motherboard.when pc boots it reads the ram it detects the primary hard drive,detects primary slave cd rom...and operating system is up.The C drive is accessible,but when i try to open the D drive which is my primary slave..error message says D:\ is not accessible(a device attached to the system is not functioning).Both the hard drives are 4.2 and 4.3 gig. In bios i have set the drives on auto detect and LBA.in my System Properties...under performance it says(Drive D is using MS-DOS compatibilily mode file system)
Can anyone plese help me ..So i can get to open D drive..I have information stored in it...I even tried to format it....but it says (there is no disk in this drive or the drive door is open.insert a disk??? in boot up its detected as a primary slave..why does it see it as cd-rom when i want to format it...
youre help is greatly aprecciated it......
thanks .

tonino


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#1
April 2, 2009 at 16:35:09
Why would you try to format the drive if you have data on it that you wanna try to retrieve? Do you not realize that if you format you will lose everything?

Also, your explanation is unclear. In one sentence you said the primary slave is the CD drive, then you say it's the 2nd HDD...which is it?

If you have a total of 3 IDE devices, 2 HDDs & 1 CD drive, the HDD should be the primary master & there should be no primary slave. The CD drive should be the 2ndary master & the 2nd HDD should be the 2ndary slave.


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#2
April 2, 2009 at 16:38:15
If you format a hard drive ALL data will be lost. I think that your drive letters are not what you think they are. Sounds like your CD drive is currently labeled D.

If the CD drive used to be E and the second hard drive is not appearing in the BIOS then the CD drive would assume the next available drive letter, which would be D:.

Did you change anything as far as the drives or cables go?


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#3
April 2, 2009 at 19:30:09
Run fdisk, Y to large disk support, option 5 to change drives, 2 to change to the 2nd drive, then option 4. What does it say there?

Was this drive originally partitioned in another PC?


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#4
April 2, 2009 at 21:06:16
thanks all for reply..
sorry i forgot to put a comma after it detects primary slave(when pc boots it reads the ram it detects the primary hard drive,detects primary slave,detects cd rom...(Jam I tried this..If you have a total of 3 IDE devices, 2 HDDs & 1 CD drive, the HDD should be the primary master & there should be no primary slave. The CD drive should be the 2ndary master & the 2nd HDD should be the 2ndary slave.it doesn't work.thanks
DaveinCaps...(current fixed disk drive:2
partition(D:1)status(A)Type(PRI DOS)Volume Label(nothing)Mbytes(2014)System(Unknown)Usage(49%)
Total disk space is 4118
Yes the drive was in another pc..using also windows98
Other hill i didnt change any drives or cables..i just added the second hard drive and made it a slave.but it had come from another pc...
guys when i boot up it shows....the hard drives and the cd rom... in proper order....its when i try to open second hard drive that it wont open.the cd-rom works fine and it shows as drive E:
can the CMOS have an effect on it..should it be cleared...

tonino


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#5
April 2, 2009 at 21:33:05
The SYSTEM UNKNOWN means it's not formatted.

Two things can cause that. The first is that it was partitioned but not formatted between the time it was last used and now. The second is that since it was partitioned in another PC, it's not being seen the same in the computer it's in now. I've notice that problem most often with drives moved to and from old compaqs, which is your situation.

If it was partitioned then you're pretty much screwed. If it's because of the PC switch then if at all possible put it back in its original PC and copy the stuff off from there. Or check the original PCs cmos settings for that drive--the cylinders, heads and sectors--and set it up that way in the new one.

Also, it looks like it was partitioned as FAT16 which has a 2 gig maximum.


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#6
April 3, 2009 at 17:35:44
DAVEINCAPS
I appreciate you're help
i went and deleted the partition.how do go about and format the drive..so the system can see it again. i did the fdisk and deleted the partition.i booted up and the system doesnt see the d drive anymore..will it see it after i format it..can u tell me the steps...also should i use a low type format?
thanks.

tonino


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#7
April 4, 2009 at 13:20:13
Yeah, it won't assign a drive letter unless there's a valid dos partition. You shouldn't need a low level format. First you use fdisk to partition it Since you've got 2 hard drives make sure you use option 5 to select the correct one.

Answer Y to large disk support. That allows a fat32 partition instead of fat16. Then option 5 to select the right drive. Then option 1 to create dos partition. It'll ask how much space to use in the partition. Choose to use it all. It'll do a 'verifying drive integrity' for a few minutes. When it's done exit fdisk and reboot. Its drive letter should now show in 'my computer'. Right click on it and choose 'format'.

Since you've deleted the partition already you won't be able to recover any of the stuff that was previously on the drive without some usually expensive recovery software or services. Repartitioning and formatting now won't change that.


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#8
April 4, 2009 at 13:40:39
Do you have any other computers possibly running WinXP or Win2000? If so, you MIGHT be able to recover files from that drive if you need to. Otherwise just follow the idvice given by DAVEINCAPS.

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#9
April 7, 2009 at 21:39:19
thanks DaveinCaps and Otherhill I appreciated youre answers.
i did reformat the drive .
its all up and working.

tonino


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#10
April 7, 2009 at 21:47:09
You're welcome. Thanks for posting back.

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