Slave Hard Drive

Have this system: 150 Mhz, Packard Bell with an installed 1.6 gig Seagate hd, running Win95, Fat 16.  Just added a 3.2 gig Western Digital hd and made all appropriate changes to the BIOS.  Have the computer recognizing the master hd appropriately as a 1.6, but the slave only as a 530.  What am I missing?
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CalvinThomasCommented:
Does the original HD use OnTrack?  If so, the bios of the MB is the problem.  530MB was a bios limit for a time, and the standard way around it was to format the HD using OnTrack.  This device driver would do the translation needed to use a drive over 540MBs.  When you add a second drive, you have to tell the device driver that it is there, and you want it to also take charge of it.  Look in your config.sys and file for any unusual device driver mentioned.  Post the info back here for us to look at.
  Good Luck
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stolleryAuthor Commented:
CalvinThomas - thanks.  I'll check it tomorrow.  OnTrack doesn't ring a bell however, nor does EZ drive.
Don
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CalvinThomasCommented:
  I mentioned OnTrack because that is what the seagate drives came preinstalled with for systems like yours.  Could be anything though.  I know these work under win95/98, but I don't know just how visible they are.  Most of Ontrak resides in a hidden partition on the boot drive.  When you boot, to that partition, it loads the driver, hides that partition from view, and makes (on the fly) the second partition the active partition.

  Any mention in the bios (ie in drive type) of drives larger than 540?  If so then this probably isn't the problem.  Oh, also, does the bios tell the HD size during boot up?  If so is it right?  Just some thoughts...
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Steves2001Commented:
Check that LBA is enabled for your new HD in the BIOS if that option is not there you will need a disk manager as mentioned above.
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stolleryAuthor Commented:
Nothing strange in config sys.  When I ran fdisk it asked for LBA and I clicked yes.  I then switched to auto detect and it picked up the slave drive.  Ran format d:/u.  Checked through fdisk again and noticed 503 meg (not 530; my bad) formatted, and 16% of the 3.2 available.  What next?
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DVBCommented:
Do you mean that you formatted 503 M of the new HDD and are reporting the results from windows?
Windows can see only dos/vfat formatted partitions  which may not occupy the entire disk.  Post the results from the bios, not from windows.
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stolleryAuthor Commented:
Here is what you're asking for, reflected in two areas of the bios:
DISPLAY PARTITION INFO
C: 1  A  PRI DOS  MBYTES:1624  SYS: FAT16   USAGE: 100%

CHANGE CURRENT FIXED DISK:
DISK                                            FREE      USAGE
1          C: 1624                                         100%

2          D: 2095                            2592        16%
                  503
Does this help?
Note: After I ran fdisk and formatted the new slave from dos it came back and reported that 503 of the 3.2 had been formatted.  I, in no way shape or form, purposely formatted only a portion of the hard drive.  Wouldn't know how to actually.
             
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1cellCommented:
ok, fdisk again and make sure you enable large disk support at the beginning, then delete the Pri DOS partition and recreate it.

also, if you can post the serial number and manufacturers number from the system here, I will point you to a BIOS flash
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stolleryAuthor Commented:
Before I do that will delting the Pro DOS partition in any way mess with the contents of the orginal/master 1.6 gig hd that has all of the customer's data?  Remember, I want to leave the original 1.6 as the master and the new 3.2 as the slave.
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rayt333Commented:
Did this HD come with installation software? If so then use it to set up the HD, it will partition and format it for you, it will let you choose the partition size (up to max of 2.1GB, FAT limittation) Your BIOS will not see a HD of this size so it is using a default size. If you go into CMOS setup and see what the CMOS (BIOS) sees the HD as then you will find it cannot see the correct size info.
If you don't have the installation software you can download it from here:
http://www.westerndigital.com/service/ftp/drives.html#dlgtools

You will need the Data Lifeguard Tools v2.2 which include everything you need to install this HD
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stolleryAuthor Commented:
1cell was the right answer.  All I had to do is delete the partition and recreate it.  Don't know why, when I did it correctly the first time, but it did work as 1cell said it would.  Will give credit to 1cell shortly.
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stolleryAuthor Commented:
Worked as you suggested, thanks.
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1cellCommented:
:-)  glad i could help
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