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By dlbfiero ·
People told me that Win98SE will not support a 60G Hard Drive and it will keep locking up on you, is this true? I have not known of this. any comments?

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by opatzg In reply to 60 Gig Hard Drive

I was under the opinoin that 32 gig partitions were the limit for win 98 and FAT32. Anything above that could cause you problems. I've been using an 80 gig drive for a year now with no problems but it is formatted in 4 partitions of 30/30/16/3.

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by opatzg In reply to 60 Gig Hard Drive

At the site pctech guide
http://www.pctechguide.com/04disks.htm
It has a chart which displays that FAT32 is not supported for over 32 gig partitiions. Obviously this is not the case if its' working for Anna777 or maybe she's just lucky with all those 7's?)

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by opatzg In reply to 60 Gig Hard Drive

It appears 30 gig is the limit, MS does have a patch i found out at this site for fat32
http://www.dewassoc.com/support/index.html
Partition Magic does get you around the problem as well. Note if your still using win 98 the support at Microsoft is being dropped this year so et your patches now!

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by opatzg In reply to 60 Gig Hard Drive

My apologies to Anna if she thinks I was questioning her at all. I know false documentation can be out there as well and that patches exist to get you around most all bugs. Anna your far more a legend here than I would ever and I very much respectyour answers, I was just trying to point out what I thought was the issue. Also if this person is just using the win98 cd's to perform this 60 gig load he may need some of those patches before he starts. Good luck. And my apologise to you Anna if you feel I was attacking your answer, that was not my point.
I was just showing where I got my inferences from and both sites if you look under FAT32 information show a limitation real or imaginary fixed by new fdisks and new bios. I guess then itdepends on whether this questioner has the new fdisk and a newer motherboard. It's also nice to know you can go higher with FAT32, thanks.

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by Ann777 In reply to 60 Gig Hard Drive

A 60 GB hdd will work fine on a Win98SE system. The OS itself is not the determining factor. The factor that matters is the hdd controller.

If you do not know the specifications of your systemboard and the ATA controller embedded on your systemboard, then purchase a ATA/133 PCI card, attach the drive to it, and you will be able to use a hdd up to 137 GB (one partition) with Win98SE without any problems.

See page 25 (which is really page 27 in the pdf document):
http://www.maxtor.com/en/documentation/instal
lation_guides/ata_installation_guide.pdf

I am using a 120 GB Maxtor drive on my Win98SE machine (it has a legacy parallel port HP flatbed scanner) and have had no problems with anything. Note the documentation states that there may be some problems with defrag/scandisk with hdds above 137 GB and this OS.

BUT, with a 60 GB drive, you should not be having these problems unless the system (hardware) does not support this.

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by Ann777 In reply to 60 Gig Hard Drive

Sorry opatzg.... I've been using one partition 60 GB and 80 GB drives, long before purchasing this last systemboard and drive. I've not run into drive limitations on Win98SE on any PIII or PIV, or the recent AMD systemboards.

I looked at the above link, but cannot find the specific info you mention as being there?

http://www.dewassoc.com/kbase/hard_drives/hard_drive_size_barriers.htm

"The 65,536 Cylinder (31.5 GiB / 33.8 GB) Barrier

This barrier is relatively recent, and along with a couple of others began showing up during the spring and summer of 1999. Although this barrier is often referred to as the 32 GB barrier similar to the one immediately above, that description is a bit of a misnomer.

This particular barrier is caused by some versions of the Award BIOS not being able to handle drives having more than 65,535 cylinders. Most hard disk parameters use 16 heads and 63 sectors, which works out to a capacity of approximately 33.8 GB or 31.5 GiB. It is our understanding that on or about June of 1999, this problem had been corrected by Award. This is somewhat of an unusual barrier given that most, if not all, hard disks above 8 GB no longer use discrete geometry for access, instead Logical Block Addressing is used along with a flat sector number from 0 to one less than the number of sectors on the drive. No doubt this 65,536 cylinder problem must somehow be related to some older code that was being used, or a compatibility issue with older hard drives (or both). From everything we have been able to examine, this issue was limited to a few machines that relied upon old Award BIOS code that was subsequently corrected with an update."

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by Ann777 In reply to 60 Gig Hard Drive

Unless you are talking about the aparagraphy below that one... which refers to a 64 GB barrior:

The Windows 98/98SE 64GB Barrier

This barrier is often mischaracterized as a Windows? 95/98/SE barrier, when in fact it is not a limitation of the operating system at all. Rather, the barrier (a limitation actually) is caused by the use of an old version of Microsoft's disk setup tools, Fdisk.exe and Format.com.

When you use Fdisk.exe to partition a hard disk that is larger than 64 GB (64 gigabytes, or 68,719,476,736 bytes) in size, Fdisk does not report the correct size of the hard disk. The size that Fdisk reports is the full size of the hard disk minus 64 GB. For example, if the physical drive is 70.3 GB (75,484,122,112 bytes) in size, Fdisk reports the drive as being 6.3 GB (6,764,579,840 bytes) in size.

The reason for this is that Fdisk uses some 16-bit values internally to calculate the size of the drive. Some of these variables overflow when the drive size is equal to or larger than 64 GB. Microsoft has made a fix available for this problem, which is an updated version of Fdisk.exe.

The new file information is as follows:

File Date Time Stamp File Size File Name Windows Version
05/19/00 10:30AM 64,428 Fdisk.exe Windows 98
05/18/00 08:35AM 64,460 Fdisk.exe Windows 98 SE

You can read more about this issue in the Microsoft Knowledge Base Article titled: Q263044 - Fdisk Does Not Recognize Full Size of Hard Disks Larger than 64 GB.

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I think my boot disks already have the updated fdisk.exe and maybe that's why I've not had a problem?

I can confirms that the drives I use with Win98SE do not have any hanging or booting problems under this OS. And if the original poster formatted his drive and it is all being recognized, then the problem is not Windows nor the version of Fdisk.exe

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by TheChas In reply to 60 Gig Hard Drive

There is a W98 large hard drive 'bug' for a specific hardware configuration.

Check out this Microsoft Knowledge Base article.

http://tinyurl.com/aryt

I follow the same method as OpatzG.
I break up my large drives into multiple logical drives.
For 1 thing, several small drives usually have more functional file space than 1 large drive under FAT.
For a large drive, all files are broken into 32KB clusters. So, a 1KB file actually takes up 32KB of disk space.
With smaller logical drives, each cluster can be smaller, resulting in less wasted disk space.

Check out the partition strategy article posted at www.aumha.org

Chas

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by smlo101 In reply to 60 Gig Hard Drive

I have been using an 80 gig HD with 98se with no problems for at least a year. 98 can address upto 2 tera bytes of data. You can always partition your drive into smaller partitions to make it more managable.

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by wlbowers In reply to 60 Gig Hard Drive

If your computer will support the drive here are the limitations.

Fat32 file systems impose a restriction on the number of clusters on a volume.

Format will immediately stop processing if it decides that the requirements cannot be met.

I have formatted fat32 up to 80 gigs with out problems.

This information can be found by running a command window and typing
help format

The numbers that show on the cluster count will be different depending on what os you are using.

Sometimes you will have to create a partition and format it before installing the os.

Hope this helps

Good Luck Lee

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