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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mjm, Dec 2, 2001.

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  1. mjm

    mjm Thread Starter

    Dec 2, 2001
    I have a 233mhz computer that I have for kids to use and I replaced the hard drive with a 10G for more space (nothing wrong with old HD). When I start up the computer it list the hard drive as a 8G and every time I try to install Windows 98 Windows does a scan disk and finds errors on both the hard disk and the ram disk windows start disk made. Windows then says that it can not install. I returned the hard drive and got a new one but it does the same thing. Do I have a hardware problem? I don't want to buy a lot of parts for this computer cause its my old computer.
  2. plejon


    Jul 26, 2001
    Since you have an old computer, this is probably a BIOS limitation. I found the following in a FAQ, but there are many more sites on the web describing the problem.

    <b>I am limited to 8 GB on my drive but it’s rated higher. </b>
    There is an 8.4 GB hard drive limitation on some traditional system BIOS. The following is required to access the full capacity of an 8.4 GB or larger hard drive:
    · A system BIOS that supports extended functions
    · An operating system that recognizes extended BIOS functions (95,98,NT 4.0 w/SP 3 or greater)
    In many cases the limiting factor is the BIOS which needs to be upgraded by your computer manufacturer. The HotData Shuttle software is not the limiting factor.
  3. ~Candy~

    ~Candy~ Retired Administrator

    Jan 27, 2001
    Use the floppy disk that should have come with the hard drive to set it up correctly. If your bios doesn't support the 10g drive, you'll be given the option to install the overlay program so it will.

    What does it say on top of the windows installation cd that you are using?
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