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2 Hard Drives on 1 computer

by elgatoman / January 27, 2008 6:12 AM PST

What I want to do is have 2 hard drives on the same computer and have each configured so that I can click my computer and browse the 2 drives separately in that way.

My operating system is Millennium Edition and the computer in question is an HP Pavilion 7845.

Currently, I have the hard drives configured so that one is master and the other is slave, the computer starts as it usually does but the slave hard drive is not anywhere to be found.

If this is not possible then please tell me what is possible, I am willing to make compromises.

(if it is at all relevant, the slave hard drive used to be connected to a computer running Windows XP Pro)

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 27, 2008 6:18 AM PST

That other drive is likely to be formatted in NTFS. Sadly there are NO tools to enable you to read that format in Windows ME.

HOWEVER there is PARTITION MAGIC which could "convert" that NTFS to FAT32 and then it will show up on your Windows ME "My Computer."


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partition magic question
by elgatoman / January 27, 2008 6:25 AM PST
In reply to: AHA!

how can I use partition magic on the ntsf hard drive if the computer can't recognize it?

Would I have to designate that hard drive as the master temporarily to do this?

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There is a fine difference from...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 27, 2008 6:29 AM PST

The computer recognizing the drive or the Windows ME operating system recognizing the drive. Partition Magic works with the other file systems so it can convert it.

You only need to decide if you need any files from that drive. If not, just start over like you did before with any hard disk you prepare for Windows ME. Given the 7 some odd years you've run this OS, I'll stop here and not write how to prepare a hard disk with ME.


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by JimmyCarter / January 27, 2008 8:31 AM PST

I was really pleased to see your answer... good job...

I love Partition Magic and it truly is magic....I can do anything with Partition Magic using XP or Vista...does not matter.

And they say it can't be done. Ha

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WinME runs under FAT32 and Win XP for the most part is
by VAPCMD / January 27, 2008 6:18 AM PST

NTFS. If you format the 2nd HDD...the one with XP, using FAT32, that would solve the problem of accessing the 2nd drive.


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