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New,second, Hard Drive recognized in bios but cant access it

by nei61 / April 2, 2005 4:27 AM PST

I have Just had to reinstall win98se, Now i cant access my second hard drive, It shows up in device manager but i cant get to it. I dont want to format it because it has all of my mp3's and videos on it, How do i assign it a drive letter?????

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Does it show in Windows Explorer???

What file format does it use?? If it is in NTFS FAT 32 won't read it, but seems unlikely that if you have been a Win 98 user that you would have a drive formatted in NTFS.

It had to be formatted to put files on it.

Use a Win 98 boot floppy and use FDISK to see what it says about it. Don't FDISK it, just type FDISK status and select that drive to see what it says.

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Your install procedure needs a little clarification....

is this a:

1) OEM install from a makers recovery disk or:
2) install from a generic Win98 CD.

Have you installed the mainboard drivers, et al.?

How is the second drive formatted as opposed to the first drive?

Have you backed up your wanted data to an external source? Hard drives are mere temporary storage with a MTBF of X amount of hours, depending on the hard drives maker.

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drive the drive
by mcgilbdd / April 8, 2005 6:16 AM PDT

I tend to agree with the reply above from Mike....the most likely culprit is the Mainboard drivers, which come on a disk, or can be downloaded and installed from the board manufacturer's home page....the boot sector of the drive could be involved here...and you should read the instructions that came with the drive to make sure all the software is installed. Good luck.
Be sure to double check all cable connections, jumper settings, ect.

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