|By Douglas Davis on Friday, August 10, 2001 - 06:21 pm:|
I just installed a used 8.4 GB harddrive and everything seems to checkout: Device manager says it is working fine without any conflicts and that the driver is ok. Bios setup shows the HD as a slave (true), no error codes, etc.
I just don't have a drive letter assigned to the drive so I can access it. Windows detects the drive and reports its' presence, but no letter.
My main 40GB drive is C:, CD-ROM is D:, CD-RW is E: What the heck do I need to do to get the drive assigned a letter so I can access it?
My OS is WinME.
|By Josh Lowe on Friday, August 10, 2001 - 06:37 pm:|
You need to run fdisk to setup partitions on the drive, and then format the drive in fat32 before windows can see it.
You seem pretty knowledgeable, so I won't list specific fdisk and format instructions, but if you need them, post back, I will be happy to give them.
|By Douglas Davis on Friday, August 10, 2001 - 06:53 pm:|
Thanks for your reply, Josh
I was using this drive as my main C: drive in another computer before removing it. It is partitioned and FAT32. I have about 7 Gigs of good information on the drive that I want to transer to the new 40GB drive.
Is there a way I can run fdisk and repartition without losing the data?
|By Josh Lowe on Friday, August 10, 2001 - 09:33 pm:|
Ok, I think I am wrong. If the disk is already a formatted fat32 drive, then it can't be an fdisk/format problem.
Is the drive a slave to the main hd, or to one of the cd devices? Try making it slave to the other hd if it is not.
Boot using a windows boot diskette. (start/settings/control panel - add/remove programs) Click the startup disk tab, and click "create disk".
Once booted, try finding the hd using drive letters.
type c: [enter] and you will select c drive.
type d: [enter] and you should get your second hd.
See if that works. (This will help determine if the issue is win related, or hardware related.)
No, there is not a way to partition with fdisk and save data, you must use third party software like "partition magic." However, I don't think that fdisk is needed in this case.
Try the above and see what happens.
|By Josh Lowe on Friday, August 10, 2001 - 09:34 pm:|
My "boot to startup disk" instructions were pretty bad there. Once you create the boot diskette, click start/shutdown, restart.
Insert the boot diskette in the floppy drive, and let the computer boot up with the disk still in the slot. When it finishes, it will give you an a prompt (A:\>)
|By Alan on Sunday, January 19, 2003 - 11:16 am:|
If the second drive came from an old machine I'm guessing it was formatted as a single C: drive in which case it has a single "primary" partition.
The (preinstalled?) C: drive on the newer machine will aslo have a single "primary" partition and you can only use a single primary at any time. If you use the BIOS utility to change which drive to search for an operating system from "IDE-0" to "IDE-1" you may be able to boot the older drive which will not be able to see the new one.
Unfortunately if you want to use a second physical drive for data storage it needs to be formatted as an "extended" partition with a logical drive or drives contained within, unless you wish to "dual boot" with 2 O/S's which requires a boot manager utility and bios support.
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