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Old 05-29-2005, 05:19 PM   #1
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I have a Windows 98 computer that I had a 2nd hard drive in for about a week, then when I tried to install something on it it dissappeared from "My Computer". It still showed up as a slave hard drive when starting up, but it didn't ever show up on my computer. Then I tried another hard drive thinking that the other hard drive went bad, same results. I formatted them from CMOS, but still same results. I want another hard drive on this computer because it didn't have much space to start with and now that I have several programs on it, it only has about 500 MB left. My only other thing that I could do that I can think of is trade master hard drives with another computer and maybe that second drive will work with that. If it's something that went wrong with the motherboard then I have no clue what to do. Just so you know, the copmputer in my sig isn't the one I'm talking about
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Old 05-29-2005, 05:21 PM   #2
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you have to format it by right click MY COMPUTER>MANGA>THEN DISK MANAGEMENT, then format the one which is slave.

make sure your Jumpers on the back of the harddrive are shoiwn as 32MB SLAVE
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I'll try, but the problem is that once I boot Win 98 it won't show up that there is a 2nd drive at all, so most likely it won't show up in disk management.
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I prefer XP for working with multiple hard drives
or external ones...

You can even swap hard drives from one computer to the other
and no problem. W 98 thinks the system is incomplete wen
you do this...

And for USB external drives, you must install a driver in W98...
XP has it bundle inside the system...
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How big is the 2nd drive. 98 has an issue about recognizing drives over 32 gigs. You may need to repartition the driv to 32gig or smaller for each partition.
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If its formatted to NTFS for example, it wouldn't show up in Win98 though its weird it was there before and then dissapeared completly.
Win98 will only work with FAT32 drives.

I guess someone with registry knowledge is in order to help make it appear
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The drive is about 3.5 gigs. I beleve it's FAT32. I don't think any of the hard drives I have are NTFS. I've put 2 hdds on several win 98 computers that I have at my house, and none of the others have had this problem yet. I know the jumper is in the right place, it even shows up as the slave hdd when I first turn on the computer because I have it set as automatic hdd detection. I guess all I can do now is swap master hard drives with another computer and then try to put the second hard drive on then.
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