Bill, On some of the older boards, the size limitation is only for the
primary partition. However, most of these drives comes with Ontrack or
similar low level formatting that will overcome the maximum primary
partition size of the drive. They take very few resources and run in the
background so you don't know that they are there. Partition Magic does
pretty much the same thing and it is the software I have used and trust
because you can adjust partitions without reformatting your drive. The
program is really great to us and you can reduce or increase a partition
size as you design. The only limitation is that you need to transfer the
data from one drive to another to maintain free space so the new
partition sizes can be set.
With larger drives becoming more common, the old idea of partitioning is
beginning to make sense again as the time required to access on section
of a large drive to another is suppose to benefit from partitioning.
Personally, I never figured this was an inconvenience in the past as it
helped me organize my programs (CAD on one drive, Business tools on
another, Windows and Swap files on another etc). When I purchased an 18
gig drive, I left everything on one drive and now I am sorry that I had,
because the drive is 2/3 full and I find that I have to scroll a lot
more to find the information I need.
Of course I could be entirely wrong, but it doesn't hurt to consider the
alternative to a new motherboard.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bill Polhemus [mailto:bill(--nospam--at)polhemus.cc]
> Sent: Sunday, June 24, 2001 7:54 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: RE: Q: Moving To A Larger Hard Drive
> Well, for all intents in purposes the point is now moot.
> I bought the hard drive, and my attempts to install it have
> failed. The new drive is a 40GB Maxtor. Put it in, nothing
> happened, I fiddled and fooled, then read a bit, and finally
> came across some clues--not outright information, but
> comments in passing.
> My system apparently won't support a drive this size! I don't
> know what size it WILL support, but it won't do this one!
> (The docs said something about an 8.4GB barrier, but the
> drive it came with was 10GB, so that can't be it). All I know
> is the 40GB won't work, and there is no newer system bios available.
> So there IS a real, live example of "functional
> obsolescence!" I am now going to have to buy a new
> motherboard for the simple reason that I can't live with a
> small drive anymore (yes, I know, I could use a second drive,
> but under Windoze that is SO yucky! It's simplicity itself
> under Linux, where partitions are transparent to the user,
> but who the h*** wants to remember whether your stuff is on
> the C: drive or D:? Hm, I just remembered why I would like
> all my apps to be available under Linux!)
> Anyway, I'm ticked off about this. I was half-convinced that
> I wasn't being "left behind" sticking with this 400MHz
> computer; now I'm back to square one. Sheesh.
> William L. Polhemus, Jr., P.E.
> Polhemus Engineering Company
> Katy, Texas
> Phone 281-492-2251
> Fax 281-492-8203
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Scott Maxwell [mailto:smaxwell(--nospam--at)engin.umich.edu]
> > Sent: Sunday, June 24, 2001 8:59 PM
> > To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> > Subject: RE: Q: Moving To A Larger Hard Drive
> > True, but they are NOTHING like issues with Windoze machines.
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