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    Invalid drive letter

    I'm posting this query here because all of the machines affected by this have Win98 installed, and I believe it's a windows issue, as detailed below.

    There are about a dozen computers connected to a server, but not sharing much at all with it, other than a dialup internet connection and a printer from what I can see. All machines show a C: and a D: drive in Windows Explorer. Whether these are logical partitions or actual second physical drives, I'm yet to determine. On a few of these machines, the D: drive comes up as invalid when clicked in Explorer or typed at the DOS prompt. On these affected machines I have jumped into the BIOS and found only one physical HD in the auto-identify utility. On the "good" machines, D: drive behaves as expected under Win/ DOS.

    Given this information, what could I do to rectify this - either make D: valid/ working OR get rid of its appearance from Explorer and from DOS. Just as significant is what on Earth would be causing it to appear as if it was a real logical HD?

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    Re: Invalid drive letter

    I know I'm gonna say some things you already know, Alan, so bear with me, please. It wouldn't be good to assume the problem is the same on all machines, so you're gonna have to solve each one separately it seems. Let's start with the most important thing. The solution to the problem depends on whether the mystery D: drive IS physical or logical. Why not start with the one where you've already looked at the BIOS and it "sees" only ONE drive. If you boot with a Win98 boot disk and run FDISK, that should clarify whether there is more than one partition on the one physical drive it sees. All you need to do is DISPLAY the info, not make any changes while in FDISK. Depending on what you see, you will probably need to take the cover off to see if there is (or is not) a second physical drive in there. Could be that there is one and it is dead or un-cabled or whatever. It also wouldn't hurt to look in the CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT to see if, at one time or another, something like a RAM-drive had been setup. Come on back with more, OK?

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    Re: Invalid drive letter

    Another possible cause of this error would be if there is a real drive D: (logical or physical) that has not been formatted.

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    Re: Invalid drive letter

    Thanks Al/ Stuart*. I'll try to take a more detailed look next time I'm there. Trouble is it's a local community facility run by a lady who has no history/ records of things before she took it over. It's also a <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0> mess - there's an "IT guy" who drops in every couple of weeks and tells them everything is in top shape each time. I found 6 virus infections and a host of misconfigured stuff on my first brief visit! I'll post back after following through with your suggestions.

    Alan

    *Now that sounds like a good name for a singer! <img src=/S/catty.gif border=0 alt=catty width=19 height=18>

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    Re: Invalid drive letter

    >>*Now that sounds like a good name for a singer

    Next thing you'll be suggesting he sings songs about cats, nights, etc.
    Granville

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    Re: Invalid drive letter

    ARGH! No, it was the "Year of the Cat"!!! <img src=/S/stupidme.gif border=0 alt=stupidme width=30 height=30>
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    Re: Invalid drive letter

    I was going to say "a good name for a cricketer", but thought it might be a bit of a sore point with those credited with inventing the game. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Invalid drive letter

    Your diagnostics were corredt Al (as were Stuart's). There are only single physical HDs on all affected machines. Those with non-functioning D: drives had been partitioned without D: being formatted. Solution was accordingly simple. Many of these machines were donations to the organization, so who knows why they were set up the way they were. Anyway, smooth sailing for the time being. Thanks for the assistance.

    Alan

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