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    180-250GB IDE Drives

    Can anyone tell me if there is anything I should be aware of when installing a new IDE HDD of this size? Would WinME <img src=/S/sick.gif border=0 alt=sick width=15 height=15> have any problem seeing it? Are there likely to be any BIOS limitations, as there were in the >540MB and >2.1GB days? This will be put onto the secondary IDE channel as slave to a CD-RW. The primary IDE channel has a 20GB (master) and a 100GB (slave). The system it's going into is about three years old running ME.

    Also, as far as partitioning it goes, it would be preferable to keep it as one entire partition. It's sole use will be to store Digital Video files from a camcorder. Any words of wisdom with this?

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    Re: 180-250GB IDE Drives

    LBA, CHS, XCHS, Translation: terms used mainly in BIOS setup screens. LBA means Logical Block Addressing, often incorrectly referred to as a scheme to overcome the 504/528MB limit in BIOSes caused by the INT13 interface (when a harddrive is marked for LBA access in the BIOS, then the BIOS will ALSO take care of the necessary translation). CHS refers to the old Cylinder/Head/Sector addressing (WD1003); which limits drives to 504/528MB. From a DOS point of view, XCHS is a the same as LBA, since the BIOS will apply a translation for both modes (the difference is only in how the BIOS communicates with the harddrive). Since all modern drives support LBA it is best to avoid XCHS if possible. The following table shows the various standards involved as limiting factors:

    Limiting factor, Cylinders, Heads, Sectors/track, Max. Size

    <font face="BrushScript BT">EIDE controller LBA ,16 bits, 4 bits ,8 bits, {128GB Max}</font face=brush>

    Just make sure that when you set the Hard Drive up in BIOS, you set it to LBA.
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    Re: 180-250GB IDE Drives

    Marc,
    Just a few thoughts on some items besides what Cowboy mentioned.
    I have heard it said (but don't know for sure) that it's not a good idea to have a HD as a slave to a CD-RW. Apparent incompatiblities in one or both of the units. I think I would make the new HD the master and CD-RW the slave.

    So far as partitioning a huge HD like that, since it's going to be the third one on the system and used only for pix storage, it might pay to break it into a few smaller partitions so that you could further catagorize your storage of files. (if you will have the need)
    Also, I can see a time advantage when or if you defrag or backup the smaller partitions as opposed to the single large unit.

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    Re: 180-250GB IDE Drives

    Yes it is always better to run your Hard Drives as Masters ( Hence the name Master} or most important Drive first. And with that much space you could make seperate partions for storage like, Graphics & Video on one partition, Documents on another, freeware programs on another and so on. And don't forget your Swap file could be put on the 1st partition of the second Hard drve for some performance gain . also your Temp files not being on the partition that your OS is on also helps a clean Defrag.

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    Re: 180-250GB IDE Drives

    Many on other boards have reported a 160GB limit from thier BIOS. From there you are at the mercy of your motherboard manufacturer. Of course, check for an update... be careful blah, blah, blah.

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    Re: 180-250GB IDE Drives

    BIOS/ Motherboard manufacturers do have limitations, go to the manufacturers web site and see.
    Windows 98 is supposed to be limited to 32 GB hard drives by Microsoft. I have not tried a 40 GB on a Win 98 machine to see.
    It is a FAT 32 thing.
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    Re: 180-250GB IDE Drives

    Finally my client has obtained the MB manufacturer and model number. I had a look on the Chaintech site and right there is a BIOS update for drives >137GB. Also, IBM/Hitachi provide DiskManager 2000 which puts a Dynamic Drive Overlay in place to overcome the problem.

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    Thanks for your help once again guys.

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