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D:\ is not accessible. Device is not functioning
q5485 Jun-08-02 12:31 PM
I have win 98 se, 350 Mhz, 6 g hard drive. I added another hard drive (2g) to it. The additional drive has fat 32 system (I clean formatted it) and it also has 1 % devoted to "Compaq diagnostics". After deleting its old partition using fdisk and formatting using format, the bios can detect it. It also shows up when I boot the computer. In windows explorer, when I click on the additional drive (D:), it says "D:\ is not accessible. The device attached to the system is not functioning". I get 2 buttons (retry and cancel) and I try the "retry" button and it gives me the same error.
When I open the System folder in control panel, and click on performance, it says Drive D is using MS Dos compatibility mode or something to that effect.

It does not slow down my system (even though in the help file, it says it might slow down my system).

Can you tell me what I need to do so that I can access my D: drive? I have even booted in the dos mode and looked at the directory of D drive. It says file not found (as it is an empty drive) and it gives me the capacity of that drive. Thinking it may be due to formatting, I re-format that D drive, and windows explorer will still give me the error about it not being accessible. Can you please tell me what I need to do?

1. RE: D:\ is not accessible. Device is not functioning
lbyard Jun-10-02 01:01 PM
In response to message 0
I would delete the Compaq partition and start over. Please be very careful so you do not delete anything on you p[rimary drive. Reading http://duxcw.com/digest/guides/hd/rules.htm may save you some grief. Larry

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