Second Hard Drive
Posted on 1999-01-04
I have a Cyrix 166 on a Tomato HX MB. This had one Quantum Diamond 3.2GB HDD partitioned into C:=2.0, D:=1.0 on IDE 1 and a CDRom as E: on IDE 2. I recently added a Seagate Medallist 8.6GB slave HDD on IDE 1, with jumpers set to "Slave". I first registered the new HDD in the BIOS (AMIBIOS v.4.6PG). Then I shelled out to DOS from Win95 and ran FDISK. My system will not allow more than 2.0GB per logical drive, so I set up the whole of the new drive as an Extended DOS partition with four logical drives E,F,G,H of 2.0GB each. Then I formatted each of the logical drives (in DOS). Then shelled back into Win95.
Windows Explorer and "My Computer" both show C: and D: as before. They also show E: as the first logical drive on the new HDD, they do not show F,G,or H and even worse, neither shows any mention of I: - the CDRom.
DOS recognises all of the drives, Scandisk recognises all of the drives, typing the path beginning G:\ etc will allow files to be copied to or read from all the missing drives, but it is quite impossible to operate without "seeing" the drives from Explorer or My Computer (the file manager programs).
1) What have I done wrong?
2) Do I really need to limit myself to 2GB per logical drive, where is this limit imposed and can it be bypassed? Other users I know with other equipment do not suffer from this limit.