Second HD won't recognize

By thewolfe
Mar 9, 2003
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  1. Second HD won't recognize

    Got the following message from a friend, what say you all?

    I'm trying to install a second hard drive as a slave drive,
    keeping my original as a master drive. From the bios system
    configuration
    screens, no errors are recognized, and it recognizes the drive and its
    size
    (2.1 GB), but when I enter windows and enter My Computer, it doesn't
    show
    the drive (and the amount of storage space available is unchanged). In
    the
    system bios, it has slots for Primary Drive 1, Primary Drive 2,
    Secondary
    Drive 1, and Secondary Drive 2. The original is listed as Primary 1,
    and
    the new drive is set as Primary 2. Secondary 1 & 2 are set to Not
    Enabled
    (perhaps the new drive should be set to Secondary 1? But if so, how do
    I do
    it?).I set the jumpers on the new hard drive to slave, but the original
    hard
    drive (which I want to keep as the master drive) is a much older model.
    My
    storage space is only in the area of 840 MB... It's a Quantum 840AT
    hard
    drive. IT only has 3 jumper pins, and the explanation on the drive
    sticker
    doesn't explain how to set it to Master well. It displays:
    > CS DS SP
    > : | : Master
    > : : : Slave
    > : : | Slave, Park
    > | : : Cable Select

    Do you know how I can get the second drive to be recognized as the
    slave
    drive?
  2. thewolfe

    thewolfe Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 287

    Also it's Win95
  3. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    This might sound silly, but have you partitioned and formatted the drive?;)
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    Sounds like the drive is unpartitioned.

    You can verify this by going to Device Manager and looking at your drives. The new one should be in there.

    To partition the drive, you will probably need a Windows 95+ bootable floppy disk. Type in FDISK at the prompt and it will walk you through the rest.
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