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large hard drives

by DGREGO5558 / March 4, 2005 8:27 AM PST

im thinking about buying a large hard drive about 160 gigs or so but iv'e read that win 98 won't see a hd of that size. i think i read there was a fix for that ? i could install win 98 fe or win 98 se or i have win xp pro. im running a compaq deskpro 4000 with 400mhz with over 400 megs of ram. what os would be the best route to go? my mb will support up to 700 + mb's ram.

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by ramusson / March 4, 2005 3:10 PM PST
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True that win98 will not access more than 40 GB. One way is to partition the 160 GB HDD as 4 x 40 GB using XP and then use win98 to format each partition in FAT32.

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by Bob__B / March 4, 2005 11:17 PM PST
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Well....here's an opinion.

I would not put xp on that machine, I suspect the perf would be the pits.

W98se seems like a good fit.

HD size.
Since I don't like headaches I try to keep things plain vanilla.

What size hd will my bios support?

W98 seems to have a 137GB limit.

Yes there are bios overlays and add on cards and perhaps other razzle+dazzle to up this limit but I have to support that mess.

NO THANKS...I'll fit in the parts the machine will support in native mode.

I might need to fit in two small units but the machine is happy, which means I don't have a headache and I'm happy.

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sounds good to me ....
by Cache22 / March 5, 2005 7:47 AM PST
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One of the super stores is offering an 80G WD for 30 bucks (after rebate) this week .. two of those guys and you're set - no 137G limit to mess with at all ...

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Here's the web sit that discusses this issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 4, 2005 11:47 PM PST
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http://48bitlba.com/ notes what you need to know.

As to RAM. For the DOS based Windows, stop at 512 MB since when you go over, you apply a patch to limit (DOS based) Windows to 512 MB.

Bob

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