adding a partitioned hard drive with data

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My situation is similar to the question posted by Whitefox. I have a slave drive (formatted with data, no OS) and I want it in another box as a slave. Jumpers are
set, BIOS recognizes it but Windows wants it re-partitioned. Two questions ... is it right to assume any
non-destructive partitioning software will suffice? Second, what is the physical restraint for the system to require it partitioned again?

Thanx in advance
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What version of windows are you running? If you don't have FAT32, windows won't recognize all of the space on the drive. Is it an older box running 95?

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it sound like the drive was formatted in another machine. If so the bios translation is prob the problem. Partition magic might fix this if you boot with the emergency disk and re size the partition (just shorten the partition by 2omegs or so will do the trick then reboot and resize back) if that doesnt work format a drive in your new machine move it and the data drive to the orginal machine and copy the data.


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My suspicion is that this is a drive used in an older pc with bios translation software (such as maxblast from maxtor).

This means that you will have to use the same software to access the data on the drive.

It's probably best to recover the data, to reinstall in the original machine, and back up to cd-r, install the drive in the new machine , repartition and restore from the cd's.

Hope this helps

Stuart
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plug the drive in older machine and see what the bios detects abt the cyl/head/sect.
put those numbers in the new machine (dont use auto as hdd type, select user)
now u should be able to access it, provided no overlay software was used.

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manually plugging in the cyl/head/sect instead of using auto in bios works for the existing data partition to be accessible ... and therefore answers the first part of the question as to any non-destructive partitioning software would probably work as well, but the second part still bothers me. Why does it need to be re-partitioned?
If the partitioning table is on the drive itself and the OS (this case win 98) recognizes a drive and a partition on the drive, then why does it still need to be re-partitioned?

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Did you use any partition software in the original pc?

There is a possibility that different pcs use different/incompatible LBA modes - nice thing about computer standards - so many to choose from!

Stuart

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Problem with quick questions is you can't give all the details right away. Old machine is useless (motherboard cracked in half) and besides old ... so no cd-r. Getting the stats from the manufacturers website, I got the cyl/heead/sect to manually put into bios. Disk was formatted with FDISK so overlaying software not applicable.

LBA modes might be the answer to why, even though software recognizes partitions, you still need to re-partition for
the OS (win98) to recognize, but not sure on how to verify.

thanx to all for taking time but points go to kiranghag

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