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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by chewie1012, Feb 8, 2003.

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  1. chewie1012

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    I have read in a couple of places on this forum that win98 won't work with drives over 30 gigabytes. Is this true? I have a sixty gig drive and I was going to build a gaming system for my kids. I want use win 98 SE. Will this work?
     
  2. buckaroo

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    Yes I have WIN 98 and installed a 60GB drive, although I recall at the time there being something about a 64 GB limit, but I'm not sure now.

    The real limitation would be your system's BIOS and whether that allows greater than 32GB. A general rule is somewhere during 1999 the mobs's and BIOS's will recognize over 32 GB. Even if it's an older BIOS, if you have or are able to do a BIOS upgrade (flash), it may bring it up to snuff.

    Even if your BIOS is limited, the software that comes with the HD, or you can download, can install a BIOS overlay to fool your system that the HD isn't larger than 32GB, yet you get full use of your 60GB drive. :)
     
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    Thanks Buckaroo.
     
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    I have a 60 running 98 as well. Didn't want to mess with a bios update, so I just used the software overlay program that should come with the drive so that Windows will recognize the entire drive.
     
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    FAT32 is limited to 32GB, I believe, so you'd have to partition the drive...

    EDIT: I'm wrong yet again, looks like the limit is over 120GB. :eek:
     
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    Thanks Candy and friends.
     
  8. buckaroo

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    Kraminnim, that's okay, it can be a little confusing. FAT 32 is limited to 32 GB in WIN XP and 2000, so under those OS's you need to convert to NTFS for larger drives. :cool:
     
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