On my friend's p133 with a Quantum 1.6 gb HDD with Win95 A, I installed and formatted a new Maxtor 8.5 HD. All was well, and in order to preserve some data, after the Maxtor was installed, I copied info onto the first partition (FYI. FAT16 set the partitions at only 2gb each--the drive was last seen as D:,E:,F:,G:,H: drives, with info on D:) and I continued to reformat her original C: drive. She had Win95 A (original version) installed, and I installed Win 98 (not SE) for her. Still looking good until Win98 could NOT recognize the presence of the new HD! What happened? The BIOS (Amibios) checks out no problem. The drive has power (when I start "maxdiag.exe from Maxtor setup disk) but no indication of it being there in DOS or in Windows. I took her system home to check it further. I reformatted her original C: drive and installed the exact same "original Windows 95 A" hoping to recreate the conditions under which the new HD did in fact work. STILL nothing! This would be easy if I could simply use the "MaxBlast" software and setup the HD again--but it has data that must be saved! I've fiddled with the jumper settings (set as Sec Master/jumpers to full 16k heads and/or 4k heads--Sec Slave/same deal) to no avail. I have no conflicts or warnings in Device Mgr. There are two entries: "GENERIC DISK DRIVE TYPE 01" and "02" both function fine--I assume that "02" referrs to the new HD, but it's still not there.
Is there a way I can extract the info from the drive safely? Or install it completely with the data intact?
...or am I really screwed here?
thanks for all help!