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Issue with 2 hard drives...

I just installed an additional HD into my computer.... This additional HD has two partitions (one for system, other for recovery)... when i attempt to access the additional hard drive, it accesses the partition with the recovery on it... i want to be able to access the partition that has the system and all my files on it... how do i do that...
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jhattoncchs
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
What operating system are you using.  If XP, you need to go to Disk Management in Computer Management and make sure the partitions are formatted and assigned drive letters (was this formatted before you got it or was this a new disk?)
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jhattoncchsAuthor Commented:
The system I installed the additional HD on
is win98se... the hard drive i installed into the 98 sys has Xp on it... all im wanting to do is transfer some MP3s pics, and other files.....
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Probably not going to work then.  That recovery partition is probably a FAT file system, which is why 98 sees it.  But XP typically uses NTFS - which cannot be read by 98 without special software.

You can try doing the reverse - putting the 98 hard drive in the XP system - XP can reat NTFS and FAT easily.  OR, you could TRY using Knoppix - a CD that contains a complete version of Linux.  Knoppix should be able to read the NTFS partition and read and write to the FAT partition.  Then you can drag and drop files with Knoppix between drives.
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jhattoncchsAuthor Commented:
Is Knoppix the special software you need to do that? Yes, the partition that is read by 98 is a FAT32... If the knoppix is what i would need, how do i get that?
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jhattoncchsAuthor Commented:
I would do the reverse of what Im doing now, only if I had a working power supply for my XP system... the XP system is in need of a MicroATX Power Supply... a local dealer here in my area is ordering that part for me.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Knoppix is Another way entirely.  Nothing to install, you just download an ISO Image, available at www.linuxiso.org, and boot off the CD.  Linux is like Windows - but NOT windows.  Knoppix is free.

You might want to read over and try this first (Much smaller download):
http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/ntfswin98.shtml
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TalonUNTCommented:
Is this hard drive the one you had your Windows XP OS installed to? If so, why not make it the master drive and use it to boot this system into Windows XP, copy the files over to your 98 hard drive, and then put the 98 hard drive back as the primary master.
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ArtTechCommented:
TalonUNT is definitely right that would be the fastest and easiest way solution to your problem just check for the jumper setting of your harddrive or use another IDE cable and insert it in the primary IDE slot of your motherboard
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