Re: Windows 98 detecting HD, but not showing in My Comp...

Re: Windows 98 detecting HD, but not showing in My Comp...

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Posted by Henry on January 02, 2002 at 21:40:22:

In Reply to: Windows 98 detecting HD, but not showing in My Comp... posted by Chris Skardon on January 02, 2002 at 16:31:52:

: Hi, (prepare for long-windedness)...

: I have 3 computers, one with 3 hard drives (oldest), another with 2(newest), and one with one, (got it :)), I'm giving the oldest to my cousins, but needed to move all my files to one of the other computers, so I got my Western Digital 8.4Gb and whacked all the files from both of the other harddrives onto it, ok so far, all files copied, no worries. The HD is partioned into just one partition, I have then gone and disconnected this HD and attached it to a spare IDE slot on my computer with one HD, (The spare IDE Cable is connected only to the CD-ROM), now, the BIOS recognises the harddisk as a WD 8400, and the PC boots up, the problem is that windows 98 whilst it does detect it in the properties of 'My Comp' wont assign a letter to it, and allow me access to my files....

: I have tried this in my new PC by removing one of my HD, (So I know the IDE cables are all ok) and the same problem occurs...

: Upon FDISK it recognises there is another HD there, but says it's a non-DOS partition, could moving it have changed the partition type?!?!?

: It worked fine on a Win98 SE comp to begin with, & shouldn't have a problem moving to another Win98 SE computer, should it?

: Or am I mad...

: If you could mail me as I'll be travelling over the next couple of days at:, with any answers or solutions!

: Thanks all!

: Regards

: Chris

The most important clue I see is that fdisk calls it a non-DOS partition; the volume is FAT32 (required to get one 8.4GB partition) BUT you may be using the 16 bit version of fdisk (win95a, DOS6.22 and earlier use 16 bit versions of DOS functions). Fdisk from win98se is the 32 bit version - make a bootable floppy and copy fdisk, format and scandisk to the bootable floppy from win98se c:\windows\command. If 32 bit fdisk calls it non-DOS - maybe you had to use a drive overlay on one of the systems to recognize the full HDD capacity - that might show up as non-DOS, too. Finally, you may have a virus, possibly a boot sector virus on the PC that can't see the drive; try to find it with the latest virus scanner.

If all else fails, consider burning the files to CD from the original PC, even if you must rig the CD-RW temporarily.

Good Luck,

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