Re: disappearing C-disk

Re: disappearing C-disk

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Posted by Tom on December 20, 2001 at 10:02:56:

In Reply to: Re: disappearing C-disk posted by Henry on December 13, 2001 at 10:26:34:

: : I have a question about my two hard drives:
: : I have a large primary HDD (C:) which I want to wipe completely. I also have als secondary HDD (D:) where all my backups are stored.
: : When I start up from a bootable diskette, somehow my previous primary HDD disappears and my previous secondary HDD becomes my new primary HDD (C:). This way I cannot remove the files from the previous primary HDD.
: : What is the problem here, and how can I solve this

: : Tom
: MY wild guess is that your large HDD is a FAT32 volume and perhaps the version of DOS on your floppy does not support FAT32 (DOS95a and earlier)- it would believe the large HDD is non-DOS (invisible) and act accordingly. I think DOS95b and later (DOS98 for sure) support FAT32. Suggest that you boot to your large HDD and make a DOS9x system (NOT jsut a bootable floppy, a real, usable DOS9x SYSTEM!) by making a bootable floppy and copying the DOS functions you need (fdiak, format, scandisk, chkdsk, edit, ...) to it from c:\windows\command.

: I STRONGLY URGE you to DISCONNECT the drive you don't want to erase (just unplug the POWER connector) just to be sure there is no chance of an accident - wouldn't hurt to backup your data, either.

: Another guess as to your problem would be a boot sector virus - maybe on your bootable floppy.

: Please post again when you figure out the problem - this should be interesting to others.

: Good Luck,
: Henry

I found out my harddisk has a socalled 'overlay'. It needs to load a driver in order to be recognized. Somehow this driver is not loaded in config.sys or autoexec.bat, but even earlier. When I boot from disk, this driver is not loaded. My HDD is a Seagate ST34321A.


p.s. thanx for the help.

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