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Microsoft KB Archive/102597

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Setup Recognizes Only the First Two Disks in the System

Article ID: 102597

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1

This article was previously published under Q102597


If you have multiple disk controller drives, the text-mode portion of Setup sees the first two drives only. For example, an array controller with six physical disks can be configured to appear to the software as having three drives. Setup recognizes only the first two.

In another example, you may have a docking station equipped portable computer that has one drive in the portable and a second drive on a second IDE controller in the dock. Setup sees only the drives in the portable.


This problem is caused by a limitation of the BIOS.

Additional query words: prodnt

Keywords: kbhardware kbsetup KB102597