Second IDE hard drive setup problems
Posted on 1997-08-29
I am having trouble with a second hard disk drive that I installed.
I have installed a second hard drive in my system (Western Digital 2.0G
IDE drive). Both my drives are hooked into the same PCI IDE channel on
my motherboard, which is an AMD 486 133 MHz machine.
When I run "Add Hardware" Wizard, Win95 does not detect the new drive
(was it supposed to?). The drive works flawlessly in native DOS and is
recognized by the BIOS, so there are no physical errors or problems with
the drive. The drive is set up as an Extended DOS drive with one
logical partition and not as a Primary Dos partition ( I
am trying to get a C: and a D: drive under Win95, C being my first hard
drive and D being my newly installed second drive)
The strange thing is that it appears as an unformatted D: drive in the
"My Computer" folder when I access it. Ok, so I format the drive by
using the "Format..." command when I right click on the drive. Good.
Now I save a few files on the drive. Good again.
I shutdown Win95, restart it, and Win95 now states that the drive cannot
be accessed. On some occasions, Win95 doesn't even see the new drive at
all. If I do the Format/Save Files dance, it now works, but the
restarting of Win95 always results in Win95 not recognizing my drive or
stating that the drive is not formatted. I thought that there may be a
problem with the drive itself, but as I stated before, I tested the
drive under native DOS, and it works perfectly if I switch the computer
on and off. Yes, I scanned for bad sectors, cylinders, the whole works.
What's going on??? Should some value or something have been written to
the registry, telling Win95 about my new drive? It's wierd that the
drive works if I do a format and don't restart Win95.