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What's the maximum supported HD capacity for Win98SE?

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by madox, Jan 23, 2003.

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  1. madox

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    Trying to decide what size HD to buy, anyone knows what's the maximum supported HD size for Win98se? Thanks.
     
  2. ~Candy~

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    The limitation isn't based on the operating system, it's based on your system bios ability to recognize a larger drive. There are software overlay programs (EZ-Bios) that will take care of the problem as well.
     
  3. madox

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    Thanks, becuase I remember that my old Win95 system won't recognize 35gig+ HDs. I tried out the 60gig on Win98se, and it worked fine :)
     
  4. jimi

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    interesting to see the mod with the most not quite right, w95A had a limitation of 33.8GB since it relied on DOS 6.22 (regardless of m$ telling us at the time the DOS was no longer involved) which didn't support FAT32. i believe FAT32 systems (95se, 98, me) have a 127.5 limitation, let us know if you find any drives this will ya:rolleyes:. these #'s are all not using any overlay programs
     
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    From MS

     
  6. ~Candy~

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    correct me if I'm wrong ;)

    but, I think the question was based on Windows 98 se :)
     
  7. Rache

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    I'm 98se with 3 hd's and the largest is 120gb. No probs.
     
  8. RandyG

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    Nitpicking that one, Candygirl!!:D

    I was under the assumption that FAT32 would only recognice up to 1 terrabyte, but glad to be corrected.

    Most users don't understand the differences between their Operating Systems and their File Allocation Tables, as they tend to be a background thing. Since Win95 and Win98 allow use of both FATs, madoz question was understandable.

    The quick and easy answer with FAT32 is that it will support all current Hard drive sizes, and will continue to do so for some time.

    ;)
     
  9. jimi

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    Randy i think i'll nitpick right back, since these are her words, please read

    do i get my account disabled for proving her wrong? even is she gave ms a ;)
     
  10. RandyG

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    Well, golly gee gosh durnit!!!

    I'm gonna nitpick at your nitpicking then!!

    She originally stated that the limitation is based on your Bios, but that is not the only case, but also the FAT.

    Anyone asking about 35+ and 60+ HDDs already has a Bios that supports larger than 8GB.

    But I'll be fair and say that that info was not displayed till after the Sweet one's post!!;):D
     
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    Wow, jimi actually posting in the real help section......:p
     
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