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New Primary Slave not recognized by Win98

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by gbmarzen, Dec 31, 2001.

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  1. gbmarzen

    gbmarzen Thread Starter

    Dec 31, 2001
    I'm trying to replace an original HD with a new HD. I thought I could set-up the new one as slave and copy all files to the new drive and then replace the original drive.

    So far I have installed the new HD downstream on the ribbon cable from the original. I set the jumper to slave on the new HD. I removed the power cable from a Zip drive because I didn't have an additional power source.

    When I boot up and go into BIOS (or CMOS) whichever it is I see the original HD as Primary Master and the new HD as Primary Slave. Everything looks okay, right?

    But when Win98 boots up I don't see any sign of the new HD. On some advice I received from a chat room I added "lastdrive=Z" to my config.sys file but that didn't help.

    I read some other posts here and went into the device manager screen and I see two entries for GENERIC IDE DISK TYPE 47. The first one has a current drive letter assignment of C: and the second one doesn't have an assignment (it's grayed out, I tried to type something in and it wouldn't take).

    In other posts I have read that a new HD set-up disk is required. But I also read that if I am replacing my old disk and am just going to copy all file from master to slave that it wasn't necessary?

    I hope I'm not rehashing an old problem but I couldn't find the answer in the other posts.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    Mike Scott
  2. thib4


    Jul 5, 2001
    with a new harddrive, even though it is not a primary it has to be fdisked and formatted.
    be careful not to fdisk and format the wrong hd
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