Re: making old drive second drive without formatting

Re: making old drive second drive without formatting

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Posted by Chip on March 26, 2002 at 13:40:02:

In Reply to: Re: making old drive second drive without formatting posted by Henry on March 25, 2002 at 22:27:35:


Your comments couldn't have come at a better time. I have an old PC with two drives, both on primary channel (plus CD-ROM on secondary). Master is a Maxtor and I probably used MaxBlast with EZ-BIOS/EZDrive to format and partition it years ago (remember using it but not whether I also used FDISK/FORMAT, but it was partitioned into many logical drives). Slave is an old Western Digital and I probably used FDISK and FORMAT to set it up. Was running Win 95 with no problems, though.

Copied all my data to the slave, then used MaxBlast to repartition/format the master and installed Win 98 clean. Now BIOS recognizes both drives accurately and Win 98 System Properties/Device Manager also shows both drives functioning properly except that the second, slave drive has no drive letter assigned and doesn't appear in Windows Explorer.

I need the data off the slave drive. And it's probably too full to add an operating system to it. Oh, and I used FAT32 for the master drive when I installed Win 98 (slave is still FAT16).

Now what? Erase everything on the master and use FDISK/FORMAT, then reinstall Win 98? With FAT16 or FAT32? Or go back to Win 95?

Dumb question: Can I make the second drive the master and, without any O/S, network with another PC to copy the files onto another medium that way?

Like Gloria, I REALLY need those files and didn't foolishly didn't anticipate any problem with this. Thanks.


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