Thanks so much. Needless to say, this has been driving me crazy. I've been using WD Diagnostics to write zeros and erase boot partitions (5 minutes should do it, right?), but then have been following up with partitioning off the WD disk, which simply recreates my problem.
Can I repeat your process and add a few questions, just to make sure that I have it right?
First I'll low format again with WD diag, taking the drive down to bare metal. After 5 minutes, this should leave me with a blank slate.
Then, I'll reboot with my Win98 boot floppy, and use fdisk /mbr to create a new master boot record.
I have a master and a slave drive. The master is this new disk and the slave is an older disk I use for backups which already has a boot record. Will fdisk automatically go to the master in this process?
Should I then use fdisk to create new partitions, followed by "format c:" on the new active partition as described in the link you provided? With the new boot record, can I instead use WD diags to partition or will that recreate my problems?
Finally, once c has been formatted, I will follow either Method 1 or 2 in your linked reference.
Have I got it?
Thanks for all of your help.