Multi-step hard drive question
Posted on 1998-09-01
I've recently acquired a hand-me-down 486 with a crashed hard drive. I'll be replacing the hard drive very soon, but I've heard about the "504 MB barrier" that I'll run into. I'll be purchasing a large drive, probably 3.2 GB.
My questions are:
1. What do I need to know about my computer to buy an appropriate add-on BIOS, to replace the hard drive
portion of the mainboard BIOS? Basically, tell me what will be involved in this chore and what I'd need to know to
make an informed purchase.
2. Is it possible to partition a large (say 3.2 GB) hard drive BEFORE it's recognized by the BIOS, thus allowing me
to split the hard drive into pieces that will be accepted by my current BIOS? If it's possible, tell me how it's done.
I don't want to use Disk Manager, or any other software fix. I'm either going to buy an add-on BIOS card, or
partition the new hard drive to slip under the 504 barrier.
Here's some system information:
The BIOS is an AMIBIOS from 1991. It doesn't allow for LBA, ECHS, or a large mode. Replacing the BIOS and
motherboard is not an option I'll consider.
I'll definitely be buying at least a 2.1 GB drive, and probably it'll be a 3.2.
I'll be running Windows 95. I have 20 MB of RAM, a sound card, a 33.6 modem, a CD-ROM, and one each of 3.5
and 5.25 drives. I have two open 16-bit ISA slots.
Please give me as much information as you possibly can, and I'll be generous with my 200 points.