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Old July 1st 07, 10:47 PM posted to microsoft.public.win98.performance,microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion,microsoft.public.win98.disks.general
98 Guy
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Default Hard drive larger then 120GB question

98 Guy wrote:

"Formatting 41,86.65M"

That's when I left the computer (running at my office).
I wasn't going to hang around for an hour while it formatted
the drive. I'll check back later today and see how it
finished the job.


Ok, here's the result:

Formatting 41,86.65M
Format complete.
Writing out file allocation table
Compete.
Calculating free space (this may take several minutes)...
Complete
System tranferred

Volume label (11 characters, ENTER for none)?

238,414.41 MB total disk space
360,448 bytes used by system
238,414.07 mb available on disk

32,768 bytes in each allocation unit.
7,629,249 allocation unites available on disk.

Ok, looks good. Let's try chkdsk c:

244,136,352 kilobytes total disk space
244,135,968 kilobytes free

32,768 bytes in each allocation unit
7,629,261 total allocation units on disk
7,629,249 available allocation units on disk

Ok, still looks good. Let's try Scandisk c:

Scandisk ran just fine, performed all checks except surface scan.

Running scandisk without himem.sys being loaded results in this
message:

"Scandisk is unable to check a drive because there
is no extended memory driver loaded on your computer.
To check this drive, make sure that you have a
HIMEM.SYS file on the disk from which you are starting
your computer (...)"

Ok, so there you go. You can use standard tools like fdisk and format
to prepare drives up to 250 gb in size and set them up for
windows-98se installation.

From this point on, I don't want to hear any lusers out there in some
future post say something like "uh, I don't think that fdisk works on
drives larger than 50 gb, or maybe it's 64" or "I seem to recall that
you can't use win-98 format to format a drive larger than 80 gb" or
some other such nonsense.

And to Ssome (the OP who I think started this thread in
microsoft.public.win98.performance) - I hope this helps...
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Old July 3rd 07, 07:33 AM posted to microsoft.public.win98.performance,microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion,microsoft.public.win98.disks.general
James
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Default Hard drive larger then 120GB question

98 Guy wrote:
98 Guy wrote:

"Formatting 41,86.65M"

That's when I left the computer (running at my office).
I wasn't going to hang around for an hour while it formatted
the drive. I'll check back later today and see how it
finished the job.


Ok, here's the result:

Formatting 41,86.65M
Format complete.
Writing out file allocation table
Compete.
Calculating free space (this may take several minutes)...
Complete
System tranferred

Volume label (11 characters, ENTER for none)?

238,414.41 MB total disk space
360,448 bytes used by system
238,414.07 mb available on disk

32,768 bytes in each allocation unit.
7,629,249 allocation unites available on disk.

Ok, looks good. Let's try chkdsk c:

244,136,352 kilobytes total disk space
244,135,968 kilobytes free

32,768 bytes in each allocation unit
7,629,261 total allocation units on disk
7,629,249 available allocation units on disk

Ok, still looks good. Let's try Scandisk c:

Scandisk ran just fine, performed all checks except surface scan.

Running scandisk without himem.sys being loaded results in this
message:

"Scandisk is unable to check a drive because there
is no extended memory driver loaded on your computer.
To check this drive, make sure that you have a
HIMEM.SYS file on the disk from which you are starting
your computer (...)"

Ok, so there you go. You can use standard tools like fdisk and format
to prepare drives up to 250 gb in size and set them up for
windows-98se installation.

From this point on, I don't want to hear any lusers out there in some
future post say something like "uh, I don't think that fdisk works on
drives larger than 50 gb, or maybe it's 64" or "I seem to recall that
you can't use win-98 format to format a drive larger than 80 gb" or
some other such nonsense.

And to Ssome (the OP who I think started this thread in
microsoft.public.win98.performance) - I hope this helps...


Good for you. I have been using up to 160G drives for several years now
with no problems with scandisk. I also have a raid 5 system set up on
W98se with 5 x 160G WD drives - 600+G combined space partitioned into 5
sections. So far, again over 2 years, no problems other than one drive
failing. At that time I rebooted on a broken array and ran normally
until the replacement drive was ready and let the system rebuild the
broken array over the weekend. That happened about 2 months after
setting up the system and it has been flawless since. I run 2 old
W95's, they do what they did well then to this day, 2 W98se with one as
the server & 2 W2k's as workstations doing the grunt work. Soon a
couple of the other L-OS machines will be added to perform additional
grunt type jobs. No significant problems in over 2 years other than the
one physical drive failure. Just lucky I guess.

BTW you did a great job explaining to those new to disk allocations & if
you know of a place describing why there should be some smaller
partitions in addition to some larger ones for the purpose of improved
disk space usage this would be a good place to direct them to it. I
have not had the need to search for an article but if you do not have
one available I will try to find one and add the link here.

Good proof of concept.

James
 




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