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a friend has just added a new 20 gb western digital drive to his pc. i dont think the os (win 98) is seeing it.the bios does see it ok.
the c drive is divided up to to c,d and e
what else can i do...any help/pointers welcome.
Make sure existing hdd is set as master, and new hdd set as slave (if on the same IDE channel).
Boot up computer with a 98 boot floppy, and at the A:> prompt, type fdisk and press Enter. Say yes to large disk support, select "Change current fixed drive" to fixed drive 2 (this is important, as you do not want to fdisk you existing hdd, losing all data).
When sure you're dealing with the new hdd (you can select "Display partition information" to verify this), select "Create DOS partition or Logical DOS drive".
Then make your selection. If you create a primary partition on the new hard disk, the new primary partition will become D, with drive letter changes in Windows. Alternatively, you can create an Extended Partition taking up the whole of the hdd (and then create logical drives within the extended partition). Without a primary partition, there won't be drive letter changes, but the disk won't be a bootable disk.
When you create an extended partition after creating a primary partition, remember to use all the remaining space for the extended partition, and then create logical drive(s) within the extended partition.
After creating partitions, exit fdisk, and restart computer (not strictly necessary but safer to restart), the boot floppy still in. At the A:> prompt, go back into fdisk, large disk support, change current fixed drive to drive 2, and select "display partition information", to verify what you have done. Note the new drive letters. The new drive letters are important, as you do not want to format the wrong partition.
Then exit fdisk, and back at the A:> prompt, type format X: and press Enter, where X is the drive letter assigned to the new partition(s) you created in fdisk. Repeat formatting step if you have created more than 1 new partition.
After all the formatting is done, remove floppy and restart into Windows 98.
he has added the drive as a second unit. do we still need to partition it? why do drives need to be partitioned? how can i look at the c drive and see that it has been cut up to c,d, and e? as i believe.
many thanks for your replies.
When you fdisk as above, you can 'Display Partition Information' on drive 1.
Be careful not to change anything on drive 1, and make sure you change to drive 2 to work on the new drive.
As y_not suggested use the installation utility that you can download from Western Digital. It is much better than Windows fdisk, and is also much easier to use.
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