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Old 08-04-04, 06:55 AM
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Windows 98 gb limit for external HD?

I asked an Ebay seller about a Maxtor external hard drive he's selling and he told me not to bother buying his 250gb because Windows 98 SE can only handle up to 130gb. True?
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Old 08-04-04, 10:00 AM
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That's true.

Upgrade to Windows XP SP1 and you can exceed that limitation.

One of my users bought a 250GB drive for their 2000 Pro box and they can only use 127GB of it.
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Thanks BigDave... big help.
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I thought the 137GB limit was related to the IDE interface and ATA, so an external drive (accessing through USB or firewire) wouldn't have this problem?

Even with these OS's you can get an IDE controller card (ATA/133 +) and use these larger drives. I have a Win2k Machine with a 160GB drive on an ATA/133 motherboard and I'm able to see the drive. I do have it partitioned into two 80GB sections, but it works without a problem.
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It appears the FAT32 filesystem can support drives up to 2 terabytes in size.

http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;EN-US;154997
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or you could just go check maxtor's webpage

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Yeah, I see those requirements and was kind of surprised when this guy who sells many external drives told me of my limitation.

A techie at work tonight agreed that 130 is the limit.
I'm confused.

Maybe it's time to buy a new computer... yeah, that's it!
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Old 08-04-04, 09:45 PM
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There is more to this than the limits of FAT32. I believe one could install a 250GB HD in Win98SE without problem as long as it is a secondary drive and is attached to a PCI ATA card that supports 48-bit LBA. However, my guess is that the Win98 USB "Mass storage" driver *may* not support 48-bit LBA. The enclosure itself might include an updated driver that has such support, in which case it should work fine. See http://www.48bitlba.com/win98.htm for some info on the problems with >137GB HDs in Win98. In particular, most of the included disk tools (Scandisk etc.) do not support such drives.

Personally, I would get rid of Win98. Upgrade to Win2k. It will run on most systems that are able to run Win98 and is a far, far better OS than Win9x/WinME.

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On win2k I just had to use a new ide card to access my 200G drives.
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Guys, thanks for your help. Even though I'm not sure what my OS can handle I'm just going to buy a cheap DVD burner. That'll give me quicker CD burning than I currently have, DVDs (duh) and I can save my MP3's 5gb at a time on the discs. Seems an okay solution until the time I purchase a nicer computer.
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Originally posted by JM
Personally, I would get rid of Win98. Upgrade to Win2k. It will run on most systems that are able to run Win98 and is a far, far better OS than Win9x/WinME.
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Originally posted by atlantamoi
Maybe it's time to buy a new computer... yeah, that's it!
Go get a new one.Good Decision
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