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    Hidden Hard Drive

    Machine correctly finds an existing old hard drive as secondary master during POST. Finds same drive during BIOS setup. But...neither DOS or WINDOWS can find it when startup finished. Flashed BIOS with latest, checked cables etc., drive does not have a M/S/C jumper setting. Floppy has W98se SYS.COM as does the rest of the machine. Don't the smart techs have a something that will solve this? (it's not the end of the world if there is no solution (<img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>= )

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    Re: Hidden Hard Drive

    Have you run any third party software that hid this drive?

    If you have TweakUI, you can "unhide" this drive if it has been hidden!

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Hidden Hard Drive

    That was a good thought that would explain the mystery. Tweakui reports that all drives do not have a hide parameter, I.e., all letter drives are checked. I'd like to get to it in some way to fdisk/format the darned thing so that DOS or WINDOWS would find it. Thanks for the reply.
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    Re: Hidden Hard Drive

    Just a thought, but are you sure it was formatted with DOS in the first place. Windows won't recognise a drive formatted in, say, OS2 will it?

    Come to think of it, would Windows even recognise it at all if the drive was partitioned but unformatted?

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    Re: Hidden Hard Drive

    Does DOS FDISK not recognize the second hard drive?

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    Re: Hidden Hard Drive

    DaveA - nothing but DOS and Windows allowed here, so am sure there is no foreign OS on the drive.
    IAN - I've been trying to reach the drive by booting into A: - no luck. Are you suggesting FDISK will find it when DOS can't?
    Spent some time on the Maxtor site. Got all the right jumper stuff. Will try 'correct' jumpers, and give FDISK another chance.
    Thanks for the interest and replies.

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    Re: Hidden Hard Drive

    Correct.. FDISK looks at physical drives.

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    Re: Hidden Hard Drive

    Much to my dismay - a drive formatted under Windows NT with NTFS will NOT show up under DOS. However all is not lost - <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.users.intercom.com/~ranish/part/>Ranish Partition Manager</A> does very nicely to fix things up.
    Ed
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