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On a Win 98 system I had a Maxtor Fireball 3 ATA/133 40 GB HDD partitioned as C;, D: and E.
OS was on C: 5GB and other programmes to be loaded on D:10GB.
E: 25GB was for storage. This drive was on primary IDE cable and jumpered as master.

I added a 5 GB Quantum Fireball 3.5 Series and formatted it using Maxblast3 for additional storage as slave on the same IDE cable.

It works but the new 5 GB HDD has 'robbed' the D: drive designation - so the original physical drive now has partitions C:, E: and F;.
The added physical drive has a single partition and is the D:  -  can I make it F?
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as far as i can remember Win98, you are not able to play with hard drive letters. it assigns letter based on which drive is primary/seconday master and primary/secondary slave. but you are able to change CD-ROM letter if needed. and the link shows how to:
http://www.wambooli.com/help/pc/new_drive_letter/win98Me.shtml
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mingoz earned 80 total points
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This freeware program should do what you want
http://www.v72735.f2s.com/LetAssig/
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giardap,
I think the maxblast formated the drive as a primary partition and not an extented partition.  If you have not installed anything on that disk yet use the Fdisk command to make it an extented partition.  (255867 How to Use Fdisk and Format to Partition/Repartition a Hard Disk)

If i remember correctly the older versions of windows placed the primary partitions before extended partitions.  
I'm looking forward to your answer on this.
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by:giardap
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Thanks for all the help.

I swopped around the drives on the cable, re-set jumpers, and made the 5GB C;  and D: and E: on the 40 GB.
Of course I had to reformat drives and reload OS Windows 98.
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Your Welcome, have fun with it!
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Glad your system now does what you want it to! :)
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