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BIOS and large HDDs?

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Greetings:

I was recently told that Windows 98 will handle large Hard Drives, providing the BIOS can handle it, or if the BIOS can be upgraded to handle the large Hard Drives.

I would like to know how to find out if a BIOS will handle a certain size HDD without actually trying to install said large HDD?  (Specifically, I am speaking of a 10.5 Gb HDD and the computer is a Compaq that has already been set up with a new HDD, new O/S software, etc. )

Karl
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Most BIOSes later than 1997 will handle what is called LBA mode hard drivers, which are large hard drives.

To be sure, check the vendors web site. They will tell you there.

You can also look for LBA mode or UDMA (sometimes just DMA) 33 or 66 modes in the BIOS HHD setup. These are also LBA, and support large drives.
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If the Compaq PC has a processor running at 133Mhz or faster its BIOS will be able to support a larger hard drive as when this processor was launched higher capacity drives were already in existence. If the PC is of a slower spec you could probably obtain a BIOS upgrade for it via www.compaq.com, the file you download will extract it self onto a 3.5 inch disk. If you reboot with this in the drive and follow the on screen prompts you will be able to upgrade the PC's BIOS. That all said the only systems I have had problems with when it comes to large drives are 486's and below.
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Andres99:  Thank you for your clear and simple answer.

CoolAss:  I also thank you for your answer.  Appreciate the help gentlemen.

Karl
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