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    Drives in different formats.

    My new gift Dell computer has room for one hard drive so I purchaed a Drive Kit to use for the smaller drive which is (D).
    The C drive is Western Digit and D is a Maxtor, The drive kit is external. While D drive was installed internally it worked fine (was wrapped in tape and attached to the inside of the CPU). When the kit arrived, D was removed and inserted, now Windows XP doesn't reconize it.

    The Drive Kit is configured as the master. I've decided that there could be one problem (that I know of) and that's because the internal drive is NTFS and (D) my old drive is FAT32.. If I'm correct, how should I convert it to NTFS? Keep the instructions simple and one-step at a time, please.

    If more information is needed I'll be glad to supply it and I thank one and all for any suggestions.
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    Re: Drives in different formats.

    Gloria,
    The drive format should not have any bearing on your problem. You can mix FAT32 & NTFS drives
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    I would check that IF your D drive is a master, then it should be on the other IDE channel from your C drive, which should be the master on the primary IDE channel. If your D drive is plugged into the secondary IDE, then it should be Ok as a master. If it's on the primary along with the C drive, then it should be a slave, not master. Also make sure that the jumper on the back of the HD did not fall off or become loose. It's position should be clearly marked on the back of the HD or on the label.

    BTW, WHO installed the D drive originally and wrapped it in tape ?

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    Re: Drives in different formats.

    Is your External Drive Kit connected to USB? Does D: Drive have an OS on it? If D: Drive has an OS on it, your BIOS will not reconize it as bootable from USB. If it does not have an OS on it, check BIOS, and make sure you have your External{Storage Device} USB Hard Drive Enabled.

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    Re: Drives in different formats.

    Thank you Viking for answering so promptly. I realize that it was a weird way to install a hard drive. The way it was done was my fault, although the actual installer was my husband.

    You see, I was impatient and wanted access to both drives before the kit was even ordered. That was the only way to do it and my poor husband warned me that it could cause problems. Of course, I didn't listen and the hard drive drive was installed . If someone has to take the blame, lay it at my door.

    He will also have to be the one to follow your instructions. I never go inside my computer after destroying one a very long time ago while working with an HP tech. They replaced the drive because I was a newbie and had not been warned about what would happen if you went inside without being grounded.

    I will return to advise you of how WE made out. Thanks again.

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    Re: Drives in different formats.

    Hi Cowboy, how've you been? Staying out of trouble, I hope (smile).

    Yes, the Kit's using a USB connection.

    D drive has Windows 98 SE, that's the OS I migrated from and it is indeed, bootable. Your suggestion about the drive not being bootable will not work here. Is there something else you can suggest? Viking's suggestion will be implemented when the installer has time and I hope it''s soon. My honey do list has gotten slightly out of hand, he says.
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    Re: Drives in different formats.

    Sorry Duchess.

    Well I just read at www.usb that Phoenix FirstBIOS can boot from a USB Hard Drive. <img src=/S/smash.gif border=0 alt=smash width=30 height=26> Hmmm very cool. Now I have to find a MotherBoard with that Bios. So much for that deal. I guess that means they are now making a BIOS {Phonex} that recognizes a Bootable Device connected to USB. Last time I looked they didn't have anything that would allow you to boot Windows from a USB device. Thanks for making me wake up. It's kinda like going somewhere ya hadn't been in awhile and they have put up a 5 story building and yer thinking , where did that come from. <img src=/S/drop.gif border=0 alt=drop width=23 height=23>

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    Re: Drives in different formats.

    The blackout that affected the East Coast, knocked me offline. Comcast Hight Speed Internet Sevice was down where I live in NJ since Friday. I'm sorry that I coudn't reply before this, but it wasn't my fault.

    My Bios (Balarc calls it the Main Circuit Board) is Mitac International A02 03.24.2003. My son gave me this computer, it's not what I would have bought for myself, but you never look a gift horst in the mouth, right? The computer is a Dell 2350. Not upgradable but might fast.

    Now back to the main subject. I still cant see my D drive but I did discover one thing while I was knocked off the web. I found the D drive (Maxtor) listed in Device Manager but not listed in My Computer. Device Mgr. doen't list my C drive (Western Digital), but it is listed in My Computer. This stuff is about to drive me crazy. How could I use the C drive each and every day and it not be listed in Device Mgr?

    Hardware is not my favorite topic and I'm less than a newbie there, ao I don't know how to fix anything that has to do with that.
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