Here is what I did.
1. Installed the hard disk (350 Megs) on ide controller.
It worked for the first time, Windows 95 recognized it and I was able to use space.
2. Then I decided to install Linux on this second hard disk. After installation, LILO asked me a question about where to put boot image, I put it on disk a which was primary disk.
3. After rebooting, I could only use linux on second drive. At LILO prompt hitting tab give me option for only one boot image and that was linux. I panicked and reinstalled windows 95 on primary hard disk, it fixed the boot problem and I was back to sqaure one.
4. Now,, I cannot use my slave hard disk, everytime I enable it in Bios win95 takes me to Dos compatible mode, after telling me that some device has child processes, etc. I suspect that boot image on second hard disk is gone and that's why it is giving me this trouble. I reinstalled dos on second hard disk (using my other 386 computer) but it won't come up in this 386 machine either. On win95 it gives me the same problem about "child processes attached" and takes me to Dos compatible mode.
IS this second hard disk gone?