Windows 2000 doesnt detect all my partitions......

I have 2 hard drives 120 GB and 250 GB, one drive has 6 partitions and other has 8.  Pri master = 120 GB and Pri slave = 250 GB.
But Windows 2000 doesnt show all the partitions.  it hardly shows 8 in all.  so what shud i know to view all the partitions??

I made partitions frm Symantec's partition magic 8.05, the partitions are NTFS ver 3.1

once i installed both hard drives at my frnds pc along with his.  he had windows xp which shown my 8 (250 GB) + 6 (120 GB) + 4 (his 4 partitions).

even when I install windows 2000 in blue screen, when it says select partition it doesnt show me all at that time too.

pls solve this issue.
dreamprince_arunAsked:
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Wayne BarronConnect With a Mentor Author, Web DeveloperCommented:
WHY?? Did you use Parition Magic to parition the drives?

OK. Start over from scratch, if you are going to be doing a Fresh Windows 2000 Installation
On these Drives, then Get the Manfactures "Utilities Disk" and Reformat "Both" drives.
(That is if you do not have Data stored on the drives, of which it sounds like you do not)
Make sure that you have your cables connected properly, and makre sure that the BIOS is recognizing the Drives as well.

Win2k has no problems viewing these drives, so you should not have no problem.

ALSO. Win2k has a Built In "Partion/Format" tool during Installation.
Where you are asked to choose a drive to Install, This is the Default Win2k Drive
Parition/Format Utility.

Good Luck, let me know if you need any further assistance.
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plimpiasConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I beilve you can only have 4 partitions per drive.
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plimpiasConnect With a Mentor Commented:
That is 4 primary partitiosn is the max
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Wayne BarronConnect With a Mentor Author, Web DeveloperCommented:
I have "12" Partitions on my Laptop. 120Gb HDD
On my Main Computer (Desktop)
80Gb Drive = 8 - Partitions
60Gb Drive = 6 - Partitions.

Set the 1st Partions on each Drive as: primary
And all the rest as: logical.
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plimpiasConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Can you try and upgrade the bios on the computer?
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dreamprince_arunAuthor Commented:
carrzkiss, i installed xp now it shows all drives
my partition info is as follows:
c: Primary in both disks
rest extended
frm d: onwards all are logical ones

in both disks

but after installation of windows xp all drives are properly being viewed

i m using seagate hard drives
ST3120023A
ST3250823A

so what thingie i use for both cos i dont want to format... did u mean to say installing drives for these will figure thing out??!!
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dreamprince_arunAuthor Commented:
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dreamprince_arunAuthor Commented:
since no one solved my prob u all get 25 free points ... enjoy!!
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Wayne BarronAuthor, Web DeveloperCommented:
Glad to see that you got it fixed.
Take Care
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Wayne BarronAuthor, Web DeveloperCommented:
Also "dreamprince_arun".
I was asleep when you asked me the question above. That is the reason why
You did not get a response from me for your question.
I live in: NC USA Eastern Standard Time.

Take Care
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dreamprince_arunAuthor Commented:
ok carrzkiss thanx for ur support aneway and ofcourse for ur efforts ...

take care
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