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I suspect I am aiming this one in Newts direction, but here goes to allcomers.............

I have an old machine in for repair, and the owner wants me to fit a 20 GB HDD. The motherboard is an unknown, and its BIOS doesnt recognise the disk properly. I need something like On Track Disk Manager, but I cannot find a free download for it. Does anybody know of a suitable alternative, preferably free, that will allow me to fit the large drive, and use its full capacity?

 

Thanks to all in advance of any replies.

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W98 'large disk' probs are 32MB+, 20GB should be fine as long as the motherboard copes.

 

Maxtor and most other hdd makers usea 'boot overlay' routine which allows most bios to cope with the 2-32GB drives that used to cause probs.

The HDD you have should have a similar jobby available on the net somewhere.

May be worth running 'everest' or similar to get the full specs on the machine before starting out.

 

I have an old 2GB HDD I use to boot on 'dodgy' PC's - I prove the hardware all works ok & then install the 'real' hdd as the slave.

Do whatevers needed from my 'surrogate' (format - partition-install OS etc) then when done I can swap the 'real' hdd back in as master and boot from that, sure speeds things up not having to use a w98 boot floppy.

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Cheers Guys, but, short of stripping the MB out of the box, and finding an FCC number, its unmarked.

 

Ive checked Fujitsu's Website, and they will sell me OnTrack Disk Manager for $25. I am trying to avoid this !

 

I have also tried the Cylinders, Heads, Sectors, in the Bios, and it gives me 8.4 GB instead of 20.49 GB.

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the software comes (if its a new one )on the drive ,if its second hand and an old machine probably best to use as you say disk manager ,i find t strange they wish to charge for this software ,i have several versions and if you wish will see if i can find fujitsu version ,it will be several years old (when motherboards were stupid ) but small enough to attach to an email if you want ,i would first though do a search and i'm sure a version without the fee will be available out there.

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Do you need the 20Gb in one lump?

 

You could partition the disk at DOS level and have effectively a couple of 10Gb disks, which W98 works fine without faffing about?

 

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Thanks again, People.

 

@Chesters1

 

I have searched, and everything seems to point to having to pay for Disk Manager.

If it was a new HDD, it might have had it, but I am doing a salvage job for someone who (for whatever reason) does not want to pay!

 

If you could have a look for a Fujitsu version, and send it to me, I would be greatly in your debt, Sir!

 

If you do find one, PM me, and Ill send you my E-mail address. Thanks a lot.

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None of this "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" crap it just means i have at least two enemies!

 

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Its far easier to curse the darkness than light one candle

 

Mathew 4:19

Grangers law : anything i say will  turn out the opposite or not happen at all!

Life insurance? you wont enjoy a penny!

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have you tried the mobo manufacturer site to see if theres a bios update most can do it online now without having to revert to floppys just done my bros old gigabyte board its 6 years old it can now take athlone 1.8 xp + 100 gb hdd.

good luck in your endevors

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