cant get 98 to detect large hard drive
Posted 18 June 2005 - 01:43 PM
Posted 18 June 2005 - 02:11 PM
Also win98 has an update for larger drives, so get that update.
Posted 18 June 2005 - 04:27 PM
Several years ago, I think when the processor speeds were around 300-350 GHz (someone else may be able to specify this better), the BIOS limited the usable disk size to 8 GB. So, if your processor is around that frequency or slower, the solution is probably to purchase a new IDE controller, to put in a free PCI slot.
/Rob - Simply the Beast
Posted 19 June 2005 - 07:40 PM
Posted 20 June 2005 - 07:36 AM
If you connect the drive to a new IDE controller, the partition may not be interpreted correctly. So, BEFORE moving the drive from one controller to another, make a backup of the important files you have on the drive, or you risk losing everything.
I recommende you remove the existing partition and create a new one.
Posted 03 August 2005 - 03:29 PM
Posted 03 August 2005 - 04:53 PM
I'm a little confused. My Compaq came with a 4 GB HD. I installed a 40 GB Maxtor. I don't remember what all I did. It may have just been the update for larger sizes that was mentioned in a previous note. All I remember is not having any problem using most all, if not all of my 40 GB. I never had to do the more compicated things previously mentioned.
Mostly it depends on the BIOS in the system. But for drives larger than the BIOS or operating system limitations you need to have drive overlay software installed on the boot device. You may be able to go to the drive mfrs. website to download the software for formatting the drive and installing overlay software. I've done it and it's easy and it works well. You just have to follow the instructions and procedures carefully.
Edited by Tyger, 04 August 2005 - 05:30 PM.
Posted 03 August 2005 - 06:34 PM
I also need to search for info on whether I should upgrade to XP since I'm told it better handles larger HD's.
All this is to try and keep an older computer to last another 6-7 months.
I appreciate any help and pointers.
Posted 04 August 2005 - 02:22 PM
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