"Virtual" problem in installing new harddrive
Posted on 2003-03-22
I am at a loss in getting a new harddrive set up and running. I recently bought a new computer in which I put my old harddrive back into it since it was larger and thought I would put the new harddrive that came with my new computer into the old one (Athlon 1gig, if that helps). The new harddrive is an IBM Deskstar, 40 gig, and is blank. I went to their website and downloaded a Hitachi Disk Manager Boot Diskette to help in installing the new harddrive. So far so good. I put in the diskette, turn on the computer, it boots off the floppy and goes to work. I choose the option of setting up the harddrive, choose the operating system I'm going to be putting into it (I'm starting off with Win95b as I have the CD to that..later I'll put in my Win98 Upgrade CD), it tells me I can set it up Fat32 and I say yes. Then I get this message "Warning!Disk manager has detected existing partitions on this hard disk. If you decide to continue with the installation, all existing data on this disk will be lost. Make absolutely sure you want to continue with the currently selected disk." Well, since I don't have anything on the disk anyhow I choose to continue. It tells me "Disk Manager Status: Formatted capacity of 41.16 GB. Will be 1 partition with 41.16 GB. You are about to erase all data. Continue?" I choose Yes. It does it's thing and says "Disk1 successfully installed. The partitions are now formatted. Each partition will be accessible as a logical drive letter after rebooting. Remove diskette and reboot." I do so. Now comes the fun. After it reboots I notice that instead of just the one drive, it has two: The expected C drive, but it also shows a D drive as such: "VDisk R1.1 Virtual Disk Driver D: (4096 KB, 512 bytes, 512 entries)". After booting and getting the DOS prompt, I change to the E drive (CD-Rom with the Win95 CD) and type "setup". I then get this message "The following program and driver is running on your computer. Windows may not install or run correctly with these programs. It is recommended that you remove these programs before continuing with setup: SUBST.EXE MS-DOS SUBST Utility. Well, I exit and do the "dir" for both the C and D drives, but am told there are 0 files in each, so there's nothing to remove. I try to install windows anyway and it does Scandisk and I get this message: "ScanDisk cannot work with drive D. Files might be open on drive D or another disk utility program might be working with drive D. Close all open files on drive D" Well, since drive D is empty, there's not much to close. ScanDisk status shows Drive C no errors, Drive D not checked. After this, it goes to the "Welcome to Windows 95 setup" screen. Then it freezes. I have tried different ways to reboot, etc., and sometimes it even comes up and says there is a Drive Z, as well, which it can't scandisk the same as drive D.
Okay, what the heck is going on? What is a "virtual" drive? Why is there a drive D (and sometimes Drive Z) at all? What is this SUBST.EXE utility and how can I remove it from drive D when it isn't even ON drive D? Any help would be extremely appreciated.