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How do I get my 2GB to use 2 partitions

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     First the particulars.  I am running Win95 on a DX4/100 with 32MB Ram.  The primary master is a 1GB Quantum, the primary slave is a 2.1GB Quantum, secondary master is a 528MB Fujitsu, and the secondary slave is a Hitachi 4X.  I have an SBPro 16 which is also providing support for my Mitsumi 2X.  There are 2 floppy drives with a tape drive daisy-chained on the secondary port.  

     Now the problem.  Up until recently, my primary slave was a 212MB Maxtor.  I have since acquired the above 2.1GB Quantum from a friend and would like to make this my primary slave.  I installed the drive, CMOS sees it, even Win95 sees it.  However, Win95 will not let me use long filenames on this drive, and it reports that this drive is using MS-DOS compatability mode.

     What I have tried.  At first I had tried to have it set as one large partition, but now I want to have it set as two 1GB partitions.  (When I had it set as one large one it was still using MS-DOS mode)  I first ran FDISK from a DOS window, then from rebooting into DOS.  Either way, it would only work in MS-DOS compatability mode.  When I tried to partition it from rebooting to DOS, I came back to windows to find two extra 0MB partitions.  I tried every combination I could think of in FDISK, including trying to set it up as two EXTENDED partitions.  (I was desperate)  I have also downloaded the DM program from Quantum's home page and tried to run this.  This program gives me three choices, one 2GB partition, six 350MB partitions, or my choice.  Naturally I chose the last, and when I had followed the instructions to setup two 1GB partitions, I came back to Windows with 3 extra drives which were in accessible.
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it shouldnb't be a problem with the master drive as both quantum, but try this...
remove *all* other drives from your system (unplug the data cables) boot off a diskette with fdisk on it. partition the drive.
format it. install a minimal win95 instalation to it.
Is it working now?
add the other drives in one at a time, with the 2.1GB still as primary master. check them each time you add a new one for problems on any of them.
if none, then swap drive over to slave, if now problems then problem is in existing win95 installation, delete & re-install.
if drive only ever works in compatability mode through all that then problem either with your eide controller or BIOS or drive.
to narrow this down, try a different make 2.1GB drive (talk to the supplier of the new one explain not working) if still problems get a new EIDE controller (test it first).
It may also be a conflict with using the sound cards EIDE interface, as many systems don't work properly with 2 EIDE controllers on them, try disabling this (jumpers on the board).
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