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Windows98 can't see my old HD

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Ok, here's the deal.  I have a new computer running Windows 98 and I wanted to transfer a bunch of files over from my old Win 95a computer.  I had an extra HD, so I put it in the old computer, reformatted it (the old computer couldn't read the FAT32), and copied the files over.  When I turn on the computer it's detected just fine, but it doesn't show up in Windows98 or in DOS.

Am I missing something here?  I ran the auto-detect in setup, both channels are enabled in Windows, and it's plugged into the primary IDE channel with jumpers set to slave.  It worked fine in this configuration until I formatted it under 95a.
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by:JBURGHARDT
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You need to format it when installed in windows 98 type fdisk you should see option that will let you choose second drive remove all partitions and create new one then reboot system and format drive d: see if it is seen by windows. There is no going back when you had fat32 installed it will not let you install fat16 over fat32. After you get your drive working you can buy two 10T based network cards and install them in computers ($9 for ea network card and $5 for cross over cable.  Then just  transfer filies you need or you can pull out drive from old computer and set as slave in new system and then copy files you need.  
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by:trippledouble
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Is there any way to get Windows 98 to recognize a FAT16 HD?  I was hoping to transfer the files this way because I only have one monitor and it's a pain to try and use two computers at once with only one monitor (and I don't want to buy a switchbox!)

I tried running the FAT32 converter program but that wouldn't see the other drive either.  I just want to move the data one way, one time, so I don't care if the old computer won't be able to read the data anymore.
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by:trippledouble
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Nevermind, I figured it out.  It was a 3.2Gig drive that Win95a somehow let me format and use (as one partition!), but it did really weird things to the partitions.  I fdisk'd it on the old computer and set up a 2Gig partition, formatted it and everything is working now.
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by:bchew
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Since you solved this yourself, post a zero point question to the "Experts Exchange" area and ask Linda to delete this question so you can have your points back.
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JBURGHARDT earned 50 total points
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I told you that you need to format it because format was incorrect that whay your system did not see the drive in dos or windows
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