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#1 chooch.42

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 10:06 PM

Hello, All! New to the forum, but with an old(?) problem...got no info on search, and it seems to be an OS quirk. Have an AMD K-6 on an American Megatrends MB running ME (build 4.90.3000). To upgrade HD capacity (came with 2x2GB HDs), bought Maxtor 200GB. Could only get ME to see 139GB due OS limitation. Anyone know a way around this limit ? Can disc be partitioned to 100/100GB or something ? Thanks for your expertise. Bob C.

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 12:02 AM

Might be a BOIS as well as an OS limit
There is a 137 gig limit with older BIOSes.
Considering that the system is abought 8 years old now it is a good possibility
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 02:14 AM

Yes you can get around this by using two partitions.

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 05:36 PM

Thanks, Eyesee. A digitally literate friend installed it for me using the MAX-Blast prog. included - could not figure a way around it, and he built the computer. I don't think I'll run out of Gigs soon, just looking for possible fix - not to trash the machine. If everybody wasn't dropping the 9x OS, wouldn't need to change. Thanks, again, from...

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 10:12 PM

Max Blast is a dynamic drive overlay program that basically "tricks" the BIOS to address a larger hard drive than the system can support. Not recommended. But it does work

Probably your only alternative in all honesty

Now you have the problem that ME is only going to address that 137 limit too
Partition it as DC3 said.

I assume that your friend did a reparition and full reinstall.
He would have had to if they used Max Blast to see the full capacity of the drive.


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Edited by Eyesee, 18 January 2008 - 10:20 PM.

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 06:22 AM

As said, create a second partition in the remainder of the drive. Don't try to create a partition greater than 137GB in WinME.

Some useful information here:

http://www.48bitlba.com/win98.htm

Particularly notice the cautions about use of the system utilities.
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Posted 20 January 2008 - 07:51 PM

Thanks, All, for the info and link. Looked at the 48bitlba info - learned enough that I'll let things go as is. My Guru mounted the drive as a slave(I think), using another(2GB) drive, which was the master, formatted, then cloned the OS from the 2GB to the Maxtor, then switched them so the Maxtor is now the master, the 2GB - the slave. If I had to do it over, might have done otherwise, BUT, am not too digitally WISE. Thanks, again Bob C.




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