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By rmsmjs ·
1.Does the bios or the opsys determine what is recognized by the system?
2. How can you get around the size problem other than using drive overlays?

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by Ann777 In reply to Hard Drive Size

1) bios
2) get a new systemboard with a bios that accomodates today's larger hdds or purchase a separate ATA HDD controller.

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by dmiles In reply to Hard Drive Size

The bios will recoginize the Hard drive capacity

You can check the motherboard manufacturer for a flash bios upgrade

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by TheChas In reply to Hard Drive Size

The BIOS on the motherboard determines the size of drive that the motherboard will recognize.

If your motherboard mfg does not offer a BIOS upgrade to correct the size limit problem, the next most cost effective method is to install a PCI IDE controller card.
You can find them for under $30.
As an added benefit, your new drive will have the full rated data transfer rate, and not the UDMA 33 or less that the motherboard controller has.
Plus, you can install up to 8 IDE devices between the motherboard and add-on controller cards.
(just make sure that you have enough power supply to handle extra drives)

There ARE operating system related limits to partition and logical drive size.

DOS, Windows 3.X, and most versions of W95 only support the FAT16 file format.
This limits you to 2GB for the primary DOS partition, and 2GB for each logical drive on the extended partition.

For Windows NT, there is a limit of 8GB (or is it 4GB) for the boot partition.

Chas

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by jsolari020 In reply to Hard Drive Size

Depends on the hard drive manufacturer I have dislike Maxtor because there are alwas problems with the hard drive size. If it is Maxtor they gave you a disk with a program on it that "fools" your computer into thinking the drive is smaller but when you boot it up everything works properly. Also the Microsoft website has more of these DOS programs to "fool" the BIOS.. It worked for me!!!

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