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By mosu7 ·
I want to add more hard drives in my computer(right now I have 2HD) and I don't know how hard drives does WIN98 supports? and how much RAM as well?
Any help?
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by dmiles In reply to Hardware support

Only two ATA IDE drives can be installed in a system,with one master and one as slave
Up to four ATA-2 or EIDE drives can be installed in a system with two drives on each cable
The maximum amount of memory will have to be determined by the motherboard,that is installed in the system.

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by TheChas In reply to Hardware support

The maximum number of drives is limited by 3 things.
Available PCI slots, available IRQs, and the 24 drive letters.

Most motherboards have 2 IDE channels. It is normal to have 2 HDD and 2 removeable media (CD) drives. There are a few MBs with 4IDE channels. these can support 8 drives.

You can add in IDE controller cards that would add 4 more drives per card.
However, at some point you will run into IRQ and DMA conflicts.

I suspect that a new IDE card would be faster than the IDE channel on your MB, so you would want to place your primary drives on the new channels.
Windows 98 has an issue with drives larger than 60GB though.

As to memory, soulrider is correct that your MB will set your limits.
I would add 2 caveats;
Windows 9X has a know problem with more than 1GB of RAM.
Many people have had problems with more than 511MB of RAM.
So, reguardless of where your MB maxes out, I would limit my system to 384MB of RAM.

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by TheChas In reply to Hardware support

If you do add in a card and more drives, I recommend that you leave at least 3 drive letters available for RAM drives and removable storage.

Keep in mind W9Xs drive letter convention. Primary partition by physical drive, then secondary partitionsby drive, then removable drives.

If you set your new drives to have only an extended partition with logical drives, the new drive letters will be after your present fixed drives.

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by fenaikh In reply to Hardware support

I- Hard disks:
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The BIOS and operating system play an important role in how your hard disk is used.When the operating system or an application wants to access the hard disk, it traditionally employs BIOS services to do this.All modern BIOSes, since about 1994, have supported four IDE/ATA hard disks: two channels a primary and secondary and a master and slave device on each. Some actually support more, and of course, additional IDE/ATA channels can be added to existing systems.You can add also more har disk by using a SCSI controller and SCSI hard disks.There are Barriers which applies only to IDE/ATA hard disks; SCSI hard disks are configured through their host adapter and built-in SCSI BIOS.Any computer using BIOS That use the Phoenix BitShift translation algorithm to report the geometry of large IDE hard disks instead of logical block addressing (LBA) Assist translation may need a fix from microsft.Also If you have not upgraded to win98SE or winME then you may not that fixtoo.The file is available for download from the Microsoft Windows Update site. http://www.microsoft.com/windows98/downloads/contents/WURecommended/S_WUFeatured/bigide/Default.asp
II-Memory:The CPU,the Chipset, motherboard, the Operating system, andVcache, play an important role in how much the maximum amount of memory will each system will have.Every system has a maximum amount of memory that can support. There are in fact several limiting factors that dictate how much memory can be used in any system:
1- Addressability Limits: Each processor has a limit on the number of bytes of memory that it can access. This is dictated by the width of the system address bus; the more bits the bus has, the more memory the processor can use. If you have a Pentium Pro, Pentium II or higher CPU then it has the width of 36 Address Bus Width (bits) which give a limit up to 64 GB, a lower CPU which has the width of 32 Address Bus W

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