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Can an older DOS drive be a slave and a faster larger drive with win95 running on the same machine be a master?

DOS drive:   119 mb Maxtor
Win95 drive: 540 mb WD Caviar
Award BIOS from about 1991

I was able to read the directory of the win95 drive but then the DOS drive directory was scrambled until I removed the win95 drive and set the DOS drive as master.  I haven't figured out how to get the win95 drive to boot though, so if anyone can tell me how to do that I'd appreciate it. I don't want to format either drive since I want to use the files on both.
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Unless you are running the newer Windows 95 drive as FAT 32, there really is no difference between a win 95 drive and a DOS drive.  The biggest thing is to make sure that the Win 95 drive jumper(s) are set to a master and the DOS drive jumper(s) are set to slave.  Another option is to just run the Win95 drive as a master on the primary IDE channel, and run the other drive as a master on the secondary IDE channel.

 
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OK. good, but what causes the garbled directory, and how can I get both drives to work at the same time and how do I get the win95 drive to boot?
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by:rmarotta
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Double-check the jumper settings for master & slave between the two drives.  Also check that the orientation of the colored stripe on the edge of the data cable is aligned with pin-1 on each drive.
When Windows95 is installed on your computer, it is setup to run with your machine's hardware configuration.  It is difficult to get it to run properly when transfering it to a different computer.
Was Windows95 installed on this machine?
If so, it should already be bootable.  
If not, try a Win95 bootable floppy disk and run SYS C: on the drive.  This will install Windows boot files on the hard drive.
Regards,
Ralph

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Hi Ralph.  The problem was I needed to use the Western Digital EZ Drive program to override the bios settings.  ALso, there was a compressed volume disk on the old drive and the garbled directories disappeared after I deleted that volume.  I now have Win95 up and running and have reconfigured all the hardware since this is a completely new set of devices.  It's working great and I'm happy.  Thanks for your help.  
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by:rmarotta
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You have accepted an answer that is not related to your solution.
I'm glad you got it going, but now I have a question:
You said that you could read the 540MB WD drive.
Why would you need the partitioning software to set up your Maxtor drive? (only 119MB)
The only reason for using such software is to enable drives larger than 512MB or so, if BIOS won't recognize them.  
Also, if the compressed volume was erased, then you lost all the info on that drive.....  Something you said you did not want to do.
Have I missed something here?
Regards,
Ralph

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The Win95 drive wouldn't boot until I used the EZ Drive patch.  The garbled directory of the 119 mb drive disappeared after I deleted a compressed volume on it.  I was able to keep all the files I wanted on an uncompressed volume.
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