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2000\07\16@164525 by Andy Kunz

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Anybody know of a cheap-ware (preferably downloadable) software to allow me
to run a > 500M hard drive on an older BIOS (486DX2/66)?

Thanks.

Andy

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2000\07\16@170645 by Jim Ham

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Try searching for "Disk Manager" on the web. I just tried HotBot and it
returned citations for OnTrack, Seagate, National and others. These
utilities used to ship with all those large drives. I've used OnTrack, but
they seem to want money for the program now.

Regards,

Jim Ham



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2000\07\16@172553 by Arthur Brown

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see http://www.driverzone.com/util/hd/
a nice site for lot's of stuff

Regards Art

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2000\07\16@173425 by Mike Werner

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Andy Kunz wrote:
> Anybody know of a cheap-ware (preferably downloadable) software to allow me
> to run a > 500M hard drive on an older BIOS (486DX2/66)?

Uh, how about Linux?  It's free (in both senses), it's downloadable, and
it's capable of handling drives that the BIOS can't.
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2000\07\16@200715 by Mark Willis

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(To not exactly answer your question but suggest a couple perhaps better
alternatives!):

One way's to use SCSI - no 1024 x 16 x 63 (CHS) limits there.  Just some
limit based on your controller card.

For IDE: Usually I only use ROMed or loadable BIOS VLB or ISA hard drive
controllers for larger drives on old boxes;  I've had too many friends
bitten by "Drive Mangler", Drive Rocket, etc., losing all their data
with a 1-bit error in the headers of the disk handler tables!  While we
all know fixing hardware can be therapeutic, we also know that losing
data, isn't!

CMD and DTC, among others (Siig, Promise, ...) make decent, inexpensive
hard drive controller cards (VLB and ISA etc.) that will do you nicely.
Some of theirs will let you add a driver for the 2nd IDE channel, if
your computer's BIOS doesn't handle IRQ 15 / 0170h IOBase as an IDE
channel (IMO those're FINE - the driver can be recovered and you can
still boot on the first channel with a drive <527Mb or off a floppy so
your data's still there and recoverable once you replace the driver with
an un-corrupted copy.)  If you want more details, just ask.

Also: some HDD's in the 1Gb range can be jumpered to "become" 2 540Mb
"virtual drives" - if you have one, it might work;  I haven't tried this
(I always reset those jumpers and use it as one straight volume.)

 Mark

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2000\07\17@015037 by Alberto Stapelfeld
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I used Ontrack Disk Manager with a 2.1Gb HDD in a 386SX some years ago and
it worked fine. Some moths ago I had a similar problem but with the 8Gb
limit (present in some Pentium bios), I installed a 10Gb Hdd using Ontrack,
I found it in  the Quantum website, freely available... I think it work with
no quantum HDDs, too.

Good luck

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2000\07\17@072347 by Andrew Kunz

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It's not for me.  It's for a guy who does well to turn his computer on.  He's
already got a pile of Win s/w.

Andy

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2000\07\17@162552 by Peter L. Peres

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>Anybody know of a cheap-ware (preferably downloadable) software to allow
>me to run a > 500M hard drive on an older BIOS (486DX2/66)?

Yep, Linux ;-) Come to think of it, it will improve the os quality too
imho. <G>

The other option would be to locate a newer BIOS for a similar (or the
same) board and use it. If you have a friend in a computer store he will
likely point you to the right heap of junk to choose from...

Downloadable ? Mhh. Cheapbytes Linux = $3.95 ? Or Mandrake 7.0 off a
magazine cover CD.

Peter

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2000\07\18@081143 by Andrew Kunz

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Thanks Peter, but LInux isn't an option for this guy (it's not my own).

We have decided to resolve the problem by swapping parts to make a new machine
(200 MHz K6 on another mboard I had laying around).

Andy












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>Anybody know of a cheap-ware (preferably downloadable) software to allow
>me to run a > 500M hard drive on an older BIOS (486DX2/66)?

Yep, Linux ;-) Come to think of it, it will improve the os quality too
imho. <G>

The other option would be to locate a newer BIOS for a similar (or the
same) board and use it. If you have a friend in a computer store he will
likely point you to the right heap of junk to choose from...

Downloadable ? Mhh. Cheapbytes Linux = $3.95 ? Or Mandrake 7.0 off a
magazine cover CD.

Peter

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2000\07\18@084958 by Ries van Twisk

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Try QNX.

One of the most stable operating system around the globe (99.999% uptime).
Of course it support's large disks.

Ries

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