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Second ide hard disk does not work.

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?

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I would reformat both drives and first restore the computer to working order for MS-DOS.

Then I would consider using a third party program, such as System Commander, which would allow you to run multiple operating systems on a single computer.

After installing System Commander, set up the computer for both Windows 95 and linux.

I am not familiar with linux, but I have used system commander.  it is a very good program to run multiple operating systems.

This is an option to try.
bajwa110797Author Commented:
I cannot backup my data so formatting first hard disk is out of question.   My question is why can't win95 see the second drive?  How can I change the boot image of this second drive, or even better I do not care about boot image (since this is a secondary hard disk), how can I use this hard disk which has become unusable.


Windows 95 writes on the master boot record. Linux also. That's why you're having problems. The best way to solve your problem is to:
1) type fdisk /mbr d:
2) format d:
3) uninstall Windows 95 on C:
4) install Linux on D:
5) reinstall Windows 95 on C:
Why did I get a D?
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