win98 doesn't recognize *some* migrating drives

win98 doesn't recognize *some* migrating drives


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Posted by sean on November 03, 2001 at 02:33:49:

I have 4 working, internal, IDE, Western Digital, FAT16, uncompressed drives of various sizes - from a win95 pentium pc. I want to use the drives with their file contents intact in a new win98 SE P3 pc.

In bootup all of the drives have been recognized by BIOS when any pair of them were put on the IDE2 and properly master-slaved.

Once win98 starts, all of the drives BIOS recognized have been listed under [control panel, icon]/[system, icon]/[device manager, tab]/[computer+disk drives+, tree] (CPSYS-DISKS+). Also for all the recognized drives, the (CPSYS-DISKS+a drive, tree]/[device status, pane] says "This device is working properly". But under (CPSYS-DISKS+a drive, tree]/[settings, tab] some will consistently get assigned a drive letter, while others will consistently not.

Added strangeness, two of the drives are WD Caviar 31600's. I've tried master-slaving them both ways. Always, the old data drive gets a drive letter. The old win95's C: drive never gets a drive letter. I've also tried each drive alone, and still only the data drive gets a letter.

The other drive I can't explore has 5 partitions.

In all, only 2 of 4 drives migrated. You'ld think migrating drives *up* to new system would be plug and play - alas. What tools or tips do I need to break the non-migrating drives in?

thanks in advance


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