I run 98SE, 2 h/ds. Reformatted c drive using quick format and boot disc. C drive is ok but d drive doesn't appear in my comp. It shows on boot up, and setup and in systems/device manager but has not been assigned a letter. It contains only backups, which were backedup to cd before the reformat so I only want my d drive back, the contents don't matter. Any help appreciated
If removing the drive doesnt work then boot to safe mode and go back to Device Manager, expand the Disk drives category, and remove both the listed hard drives. Expand the Hard Disk Controllers category, and remove all the Hard disk controller entries Windows will let you remove. Click OK, then re-start in normal mode Windows, and let it re-detect the controllers and drives.
Tried F8 and it didn't work but tried again using msconfig. Got into safe mode and removed two hard drives but only one hard disk controller, it wouldn't allow me to remove the other two two. Rebooted in normal mode, everything back as before, no 2nd hard drive.
If you have 2 Hard drives, but neither is partitioned then why not disconnect the valid drive and connect only the reluctant one (its Jumper set to CSL or Auto)......you only need to swop power and data leads and lean the HD somewhere where it wont get knocked while you do what follows.
Then boot from the floppy and see if you can change from A: to C: (Type C:)
If you can get to C:> then type DIR.
You should see at least the size, and what if any folders are listed as well as the free space.
If you can't reach the C:> prompt and have an error message like "Bad Command" then you will have to type FDISK - Enter and see what you do have...... I suspect this is where you are going next.