[Coco] Running 5.25" drives with Win 2000

Jim Cox jimcox at miba51.com
Mon Nov 20 10:54:52 EST 2006

Hi Bruce:

I don't believe this spceific problem has anything to do 
with NTFS.  I tried several differnt 5 connector cables to 
connect the drives without success.  I then used the 
original cable that came with the computer that had only 
three connectors (MB, and 2 3.5" drives) and configured 
the BIOS for two 3.5" drives.  While Windows would show 
the ICON for the drive, every time I accessed it, I would 
get the "Insert Disk" message.

It may have something to do with the fact that Windows 
isn't completely updated, but I doubt it.  I also doubt it 
has anything to do with the fact that the 5.25" drive 
wasn't present during the install of Windows 2000.

I found the manual online and there is nothing in it about 
setting any sort of jimper to enable the second (B) drive. 
 I may try and use the CatWeasel on this system to see if 
it works, but that's only after I get the CatWeasel 
working on a Win 98 box.

I have several other systems I can try, so all is not 
lost. Any ways, my plans for this one computer is for it 
to be used as my NAS (see feenas.org)  It still bugs me 
though that I had the right settings and everything, but 
the 5.25" drive wouldn't work.


On Mon, 20 Nov 2006 06:11:09 -0500
  "Bruce W. Calkins" <brucewcalkins at charter.net> wrote:
> Windows 2000 is the direct ancestor of XP.  It has been 
>clearly established 
> that XP does not support 5.25 drives in the CoCo mode. 
> I suspect it relates 
> to the New Technology File Structure (NTFS) core.  In 
>this rare case, the 
> answer is 98.  The last of that line, ME is unstable and 
>has some other 
> problems that make it unsuitable for our CoCo stuff too.
> Bruce W.
>> I'm having a little problem trying to get one of my
>> systems to work with a 5.25" drive.  The system in
>> question is a P3 - 500MHz.  I can set the BIOS for a 
>> drive as either A or B, but when I boot into Windows 
>> every time I try to run the drive, I get "Please insert 
>> disk into drvie B" (or A) message. 
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