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2nd Hard drive not recognized

I have an IBM x31 with a docking station. My computer works normally when I have the hard drive only in the computer. Also works fine when I remove the hard drive from the computer and put it in the docking station (so there's no hd in the computer). However, when I have one hard drive in the computer and a second in the docking station only the one in the computer is recognized. I used to be able to use both so that I could back up one hard drive to the other but it no longer seems to work.

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Hi,
If your using IDE hard drives i would try to put them both on the same cable on the primary IDE controller. Then set you main hard drives jumpers and the second hard drive to cable select not slave. Try to boot if the boot fails your goiong to need a Windows 98 boot floppy with FDISK. You need to start up the 98 boot disk with out CD support then when it reaches a command prompt start fdisk. ONce fdisk is up format and partition the second drive. Now it should work. :) Check that the harddrive is detected in the BIOS, it may have become disconnected, it should also be the master drive on the primary IDE. If the drive is not detected in BIOS there is little chance of it working

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