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By HereInOz ·
Hi all,

I have an old 100 MHz machine with a 20Gb HDD with Ezi-Bios overlay software on it, installed by persons unknown so the old Motherboard can see the big drive.

The owner would love to re-install the OS (Windows 95) and clean up a very old and sluggish system, but of course, with Ezi-Bios, or, I think it is also called Ezi-Drive, no standard Windows or Dos system will recognise it. I can't format it, and even if I could, I would still have the problem of the motherboard not recognising the drive - bigger than 8Gb.

It would appear as though I need the Ezi-Drive floppies or CD to perform this whole thing, but never having used Ezi-Drive, I am a little unsure.

Has anybody got any clues as to what I may be able to do?

I look forward to hearing from you, before I admit defeat and hand the thing back as is.

Cheers,

Alan

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Ezi-Bios

i think that is western digital's stuff and last time i looked at www.westerndigital.com they had all the old stuff available for download. sorry don't have time to look myself...

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by HereInOz In reply to

Thank you for the assistance - the system is working well now

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by TABComputers2002 In reply to Ezi-Bios

I have EX-BIOS on an old machine. The last time I re-installed 98SE, I just tossed in the startup disk and off I went. I believe EZ-Bios actually puts something into the BIOS so it can read the drive.

Good luck,
Tim

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by HereInOz In reply to

As I mentioned in the comment, I was stupidly trying to use a Win95 startup disk. Win98 worked fine.

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by HereInOz In reply to Ezi-Bios

To sgt_schultz:

Thank you very much. Once again you have been of great assistance. Ezi-Drive is no longer listed on WD's site, but they do have a new piece of software that they claim replaces it. I shall have a play when I get time and see what it does.

In the end, due to the second answer, I got it all up and running. See below

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To TABcomputers2000@yahoo.com:

Thanks for the tip. I was attempting to use a Win95 startup disk, and it didn't like it at all. However, with a Win98 startup, all worked according to plan.

I should have realised that the Win95 disk probably was only looking for a FAT partition, and thus wouldn't have a hope of reading a 20Gb drive in any case. Must have been a bit (a lot) stupid last night.

Thanks for all the help. I will leave the question open for a couple of days then close & rate it.

Cheers,

Alan

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by TheChas In reply to Ezi-Bios

EZ BIOS and the other BIOS overlay programs modify the Master Boot Record on the drive so that the first thing that happens is the BIOS overlay is loaded.

The is an option at startup to boot from a floppy.

What you do, is boot up and wait for the message.
Press the key,
Insert the floppy,
Then boot from the floppy and format the drive from there.

If you need a copy of the older version of EZ Drive, it fits on a floppy, and I could e-mail it to you.

Keep in mind, that the utilities from a drive manufacture ONLY work with their brand hard drives.

If the drive is NOT a Western Digital, you will need to get the software from the drive manufacture.

Chas

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by TheChas In reply to

Got your message, and tried to send you the file via email.

Yahoo bounced the message.

Send an email to thechas2000@yahoo.com
and, make sure that your mailbox has room for a 1MB file, and I will attempt to send it again.

Chas

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by HereInOz In reply to

Thanks again Chas.

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