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By hefty10 ·
Hello
I was trying to upgrade a friend's PC by adding a larger harddive.The original was 1gb and has been made a slave to the new HDD which is 40gb.The problem is the old motherboard only sees up to 8gb.I installed win98SE from the normal fdisk etc and after the install it worked some of the time but would freeze up and shut down when trying to install some programs.I tried to partition the HDD into smaller partitions,but it would only partition 8gb of the HDD not the whole 40gb.I was told this all of this was happening because it was not seeing the harddrive properly.I obtained a copy of Seagate's Disk wizard which made the BIOS see the whole 40gb and would format the HDD and then say insert OS boot disk from which it would copy thefiles,and then come up with a message saying to install the OS from diskette or bootable CD rom.
When I tried to install from the win98 CD it would not read the CD.I then tried to install from using the boot disk and the CD from which it would begin to install,but then come up with an error message and abort the install.
Is there some way I can fix this problem?Is there a program that will let the board see the whole 40gb and install Win98 SE without any problems or is the board too old?
Any answers greatly appreciated
Thanks
Steve

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by rapidad In reply to Harddrive upgrade

When booting what does the board come up as?
tx? hx? i.e. 430 tx etc. these older boards indeed will not work with the bigger drives.
There is a long involved process to get around this, but you may also want to look at a cheap upgrade. Back in the old days (?) we used to load winnt4.0 on these old machines that we added bigger drives to. Use fdisk or drive pro to format 2 2gig partitions and load the second partition with nt (ntfs) after updating nt to sp6a
use disk manager to create a fat hardrive in the first partition, and format it(fat16). then with the win98 (usually the older boards that dont recognize bigger drives also dont use the "El Torito" protocol to load from cdrom) boot disk you should be able to load win 98 in the first partition. Winnt 4.0 is usally pretty cheap on the
web (ebay/etc). tell me what kind of machine it is and I will refine the process for you and/or recommend an upgrade.

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here is the drive pro link
http://www.storagesoft.com/products/drive_utils/drive_pro.asp

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by dmiles In reply to Harddrive upgrade

Older motherboard BIOS does not support lager hard drives
Check the bosrd for manufacturer
When booting computer,pause the screen at the startup screen and note in the upper left corner and note the bios manufactuter(Award,and 199 also in the lower left corner you can id the board manufacturer from the number listed

Go to the manufacturers web site and check for a flash bios update to the motherboard,use the read me files if you have never flashed a bios before

After this process is complete the bios should recognize the full capacit of the hard drive.
If not bios update is supported consider upgrades,compared to purchasing a bios chip.

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by TheChas In reply to Harddrive upgrade

I recommend that you install a new IDE controller card.

Not only will this take care of the BIOS drive size limits, it will significantly speed up file transfers from the drive.

I have seen ATA100 cards for under $30 at various web sites.

You will need to set the motherboards BIOS to boot from SCSI in order to boot from a drive connected to the add-on controller card.

I would also partition the drive into at least 2 partitions (the largest at 32GB) to avoid a W98 hard drive bug.

Chas

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