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04-09-1998, 03:59 PM
I read with interest Kalpesh Acharya?s problem of getting two hard
drives to work together. I have run two hard drives quite successfully
before, that was until one of them fell over!
I run a Pentium 133 with 48mb RAM. I have a 1.6GB and added another
secondhand 1.2GB. I set the jumpers on the new drive as secondary,
plugged it all together, started the computer and both drive were
recognized by CMOS.
Since I have an older version of Windows 95 and am an avid reader or PC
World I ran Fdisk and partitioned the 1.6GB C: into 1GB and .6GB, and
the second drive into 1GB and .2GB. Strange things happened with the
drive letters. . .1GB was C:, the 1GB partition on the second drive
became D: back to the first drive .6GB for E: and .2GB on the second
drive was F:.
I copied the cab files from the Windows CD onto drive F: and installed
Windows onto drive C:. I then installed the majority of my applications
onto drive E: and kept my data on drive D:.
This was all very cool until the second drive crashed, with out a second
drive E: became D: and Windows didn?t know where to look to find
anything.
My question is, is there away of nailing a drive letter to a specific
partition. I presume that it will have to be done before Windows as the
hard drive letters are shaded in System in the Control Panel.

Cheers,
Wayne Keating.

steamman
19-03-2005, 09:54 PM
I read with interest Kalpesh Acharya?s problem of getting two hard
drives to work together. I have run two hard drives quite successfully
before, that was until one of them fell over!
I run a Pentium 133 with 48mb RAM. I have a 1.6GB and added another
secondhand 1.2GB. I set the jumpers on the new drive as secondary,
plugged it all together, started the computer and both drive were
recognized by CMOS.
Since I have an older version of Windows 95 and am an avid reader or PC
World I ran Fdisk and partitioned the 1.6GB C: into 1GB and .6GB, and
the second drive into 1GB and .2GB. Strange things happened with the
drive letters. . .1GB was C:, the 1GB partition on the second drive
became D: back to the first drive .6GB for E: and .2GB on the second
drive was F:.
I copied the cab files from the Windows CD onto drive F: and installed
Windows onto drive C:. I then installed the majority of my applications
onto drive E: and kept my data on drive D:.
This was all very cool until the second drive crashed, with out a second
drive E: became D: and Windows didn?t know where to look to find
anything.
My question is, is there away of nailing a drive letter to a specific
partition. I presume that it will have to be done before Windows as the
hard drive letters are shaded in System in the Control Panel.

Cheers,
Wayne Keating.Hi wayne, try partition magic, it will show you both FAT and NTFS partitions and perhaps you have got (hidden) partitions in which case you will need to load (boot magic) from within partition magic.
As you know withXp you can see both FAT and NTFS but its not visible from 98 or 95 versions only FAT 32.

Scouse
19-03-2005, 10:04 PM
6.5 years. :cool:

pctek
19-03-2005, 10:45 PM
Being able to choose the letters easily is a WinXP thing. Win98 you weren't supposed to.
But:

http://www.wambooli.com/help/pc/new_drive_letter/win98Me.shtml

and:

http://www.annoyances.org/exec/show/article02-024

tweak'e
20-03-2005, 10:50 AM
6.5 years......LOL

BTW try the FAQ section ;)

Prescott
20-03-2005, 11:20 AM
this is a record in the making :rolleyes:

johnd
20-03-2005, 09:40 PM
Strange things happened with the drive letters. . .1GB was C:, the 1GB partition on the second drive became D: back to the first drive .6GB for E: and .2GB on the second drive was F:.

There is a good reason for this: DOS and Windows 9x follows a rule for allocating drive letters to partitions that Win2k and WinXP doesn't. In DOS, primary partitions get a disk drive letter before any logical drives. This applies across drives.

Robin S_
20-03-2005, 10:36 PM
Hi Wayne. Assuming that it is still available, a free prog called Letter Assigner by Vadim Burtyansky should do the trick for you. It is designed to work with w95 and 98 (I have used it for 3 faultless years with a w95 system containing 2 HDDs each with 3 partitions), and assigns letters of your choice to the various drives (including the CD). I had to play around with it a bit for a start to get it to work properly but once set up it was fine. I suspected, but did not prove, that it is necessary to set up and save the master drive assignments first, then do the slave, although having done the master the slave assignments may fall into place without prompting.

The links I recorded 3 years ago were -
Letter Assigner homepage - http://www.bigfoot.co./~vadbrtn

Download site - http://www.v72735.f2s.com/LetAssig

Author's address - vadbrtn@bigfoot.com

HTH

Jen
20-03-2005, 10:48 PM
Wayne posted this question back in 1998, I doubt very much he is still waiting for his answer. Check out the dates on the posts.

You mustn't of noticed the dates, but it is good of you to try and help out anyway. :)

E|im
20-03-2005, 11:18 PM
Are you not seeing a pattern here Jen?

Every week some new random person bumps up a post from years ago. I think its the same person doing it for entertainment. :lol:

Laura
21-03-2005, 05:42 AM
In this case, we should blame Google.
.
Put this thread heading into Google & it's currently the 4th entry on page 1.
Yes, this one from the PF1 archives is right up there with the big boys.
Seems the Googlebots are busily sniffing their way backwards. I wonder how far back they plan to go?

Robin S_
21-03-2005, 11:09 AM
Sorry, my oversight. I found the query during a PF1 search for something else. I checked for the date but must have looked at the wrong place because I concluded that it was a current query and hence replied.

It definitely wasn't an attempt to bump something historical as e|jim has suggested.

Robin S_
22-03-2005, 12:16 PM
Ooops - got it wrong! This wasn't the thread of interest I found during a search, as I had thought when I read Jen's comment. The original thread had become current after it had been replied to by Steamman on 19-03-2005 and others thereafter. Now I understand the various comments about 6.5 years. I must keep an eye on the dates in future.

Perhaps E|im's theory is correct.