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Windows Questions and Answers - Windows 98 Not Showing/Recognizing Entire Hard Drive

Shashank writes in with a Windows question

Question:
I’m using 815e Intel motherboard with P III 800 MHz processor and 256 MB of RAM. I bought 160 GB HDD and when I tried to use it is showing only 136 GB. What will be the probable cause of this?

Answer: Windows 98 natively supports partition sizes of 137 GB. To get Windows to recognize larger drives the bios and chipset need to support 48 bit addressing to break the 137 gig barrier. This should be possible if you were to have a separate hard drive controller card installed in your computer. Sometimes it can be done through software if your drive came with any partitioning software to do this sort of thing. Keep in mind that Scandisk and Defrag in Windows 98 do not like larger hard drives and may cause data corruption. You may be better off making 2 partitions out of the drive that equal the 160 GB drive size to avoid any unnecessary headaches.

 

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