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Motherboard vs 20GB HD

By Chester Peterson ·
I have an old j-791bnr2 motherboard for a slot 1 pentium II. The Motherboard book says I can have a maximum 8.4Gb hard drive, (i have a 4GB at the mo). Can I fit a 20Gb HD and partition it to 3 partions or do I have to dowload some software to change bios?

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by RCOM In reply to Motherboard vs 20GB HD

There may be an upgrade to you BIOS. But you just need disk manager software. Some of the drives come with it. Or you can use EZ drive or one of the others.

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by BobHo In reply to Motherboard vs 20GB HD

You can partition off your 20gb hard drive into multiple smaller drives. Many people do that but it is not an option I prefer. If there is not a bios upgrade to your pc, then you can use something like EZ-BIOS to create a single partition that olderbios's can utilize.

Here's a link to MaxBlast Plus/ EX-BIOS:

http://www.maxtor.com/en/support/downloads/maxblast_plus_ii.htm

Enjoy,

DrBob:&gt

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by TheChas In reply to Motherboard vs 20GB HD

You have 3 choices:

1. Use the software from the drive manufacture. This software needs to be installed before you can use the drive.
Note: You have to follow a special sequence to boot from a floppy, or you cannot access the drive.

2. Check with the MB manufacture for a BIOS update. To identify them, use the BIOS string, and go to either www.motherboards.org
or www.wimsbios.com

3. (My Recomendation) Install a PCI IDE controller card.
For around $30, you not only get the full size of your hard drive, you also get either ATA100 or ATA133 transfer speeds. (your MB likely has UDMA33 or 66) This is one of the cheapest performance increases you can get.

Chas

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