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Second IDE drive won't allow long filenames?

Posted on 1997-09-06
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I just installed a 1GB HD and when I pull it up under windows explorer, I cannot create or copy to it files with long files names;  all filenames must conform to DOS filenameing convensions.  How do I get it to accept long file names?  Configuration and installation details follow:

Pentium-90MHz, 24MB RAM, Windows 95 Version 4.00.950
I installed drive on second IDE cable from motherboard,
BIOS recognized it okay and assigned it to D:
FDISKed it as a primary partician,
Formated it from the FORMAT menu item on its icon under MY COMPUTER.
SCANDISKed it fine.
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busuka earned 20 total points
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First of all:
- How BIOS recognise it ? Normal/Large/LBA
 - If it Normal you can't get more 504MB, but looks like you have
   HD works OK. If in 'IDE auto-identification' you specified Large
   change it to LBA and FDISK/FORMAT it immediately after.
   In Device Manager (CtrlPanel-Right_mouse_Click-Properties) remove
   it and let Win95 recognise it again.

If this not helped, post little more info:
 - if you have this HD in 'Compatibility mode' ?
 - What IDE controllers you have in Device Manager ?
 - if this HD shows up at all in Device Manager ?

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by:theowl
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All is working now.  Thanks!  You got it!

I checked the BIOS configurations again.  It read AUTO-DETECT on all items so I assumed it would work fine.  I changed the translation to LARGE BLOCK since that was an option.  I FDISKed it again, one change here...last time I configured the whole drive as one large 1GB Primary DOS Partician, this time I created a 480MB Primary DOS partician D:, and a 475MB Extended DOS partician with all space in a logical DOS Partician E:(I was told this would cut the minimum cluster size down from 32K to 16K, hence less wasted disk space).  Rebooted.  I then formated both particians from the MS-DOS window.  The E: drive immediately accepted long file names while the D: driver did not.  I re-booted and now both drives accept long file names...Why does LBA allow long filenames versus just LARGE?
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