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    Max hard drive size?

    hi, does anyone know if theres a maximum hard drive size you can install in win 98 SE? thinking of getting a new bigger one but someone said there might be trouble with bigger drive sizes

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    Well if you have an old motherboard it might not support a large HD.

    As for the OS 98se, it'll works with large HD's if you make sure you follow something like This

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    Hmm... I have windows 98SE and I've got an 80GB HD....

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    Quote Originally Posted by adiemus
    Hmm... I have windows 98SE and I've got an 80GB HD....

    -adiemus
    fat32 has a file size limit of 4 gigs.

    One of the nice things with xp and the NTFS file system is that it breaks that barrter and you can create files larger than 4 gigs

    this is perfect for making your own movies and backing up full 12gig dvd's to view at a later date.
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    Quote Originally Posted by egghead
    fat32 has a file size limit of 4 gigs.

    One of the nice things with xp and the NTFS file system is that it breaks that barrter and you can create files larger than 4 gigs

    this is perfect for making your own movies and backing up full 12gig dvd's to view at a later date.
    huh... wha????

    I don't understand what you say, "fat32"... and whatever else you said. Sorry.

    -adiemus

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    Quote Originally Posted by adiemus
    huh... wha????

    I don't understand what you say, "fat32"... and whatever else you said. Sorry.

    -adiemus
    fat32 is the file system used by windows98/me

    you can create and use partitions over 80 gigs using fat32.

    you cannot create a file size bigger than 4gigs on a fat32 file system. the file will become corrupt and useless.

    ntfs is a file system used by windows 2000 and xp

    thius file system does not have a 4 gig file limit and is used for video editing.
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    Oh okay, well I've also got a Gateway M275X laptop... which is windows XP... I use it more often anyway.



    -adiemus

    the one with windows 98SE was custom made for me... it's hooked up pretty good, 2.8Ghz P4, 512mb ram, and got an ati (sapphire) radeon 9800 pro on it., and of course my nec 15inch lcd and it's in a Highest Xaser III V1000A Super Tower.. I like it . my laptop is pretty but sucks for games lol
    Last edited by adiemus; March 23rd, 2005 at 10:06 AM.

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    nice machine!

    I wnder if you would get better performance from xp...

    I am not 100% sure but I think most features your cpu support are only availble to xo users.

    nice rig
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    hey thanks ... yeah, I would have had him (the tech guy who built my pc) put XP, but he insisted that I didn't need to spend the money... and he put 98SE for free (he's also my friend). I figured as long as it worked right… whatever…

    I only use it for my games and stuff like that.... though XP is fairly cheap right now so I may upgrade pretty soon... never know.

    -adiemus

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    Quote Originally Posted by egghead
    fat32 is the file system used by windows98/me

    ntfs is a file system used by windows 2000 and xp
    can a pc that had win 98 and fat32 file system be upgraded to win2000 or would harddrives have to be reformatted??
    cheers

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    you should be able to do a direct upgrade from win98 to win2000 or even XP... however, most people recommend doing a 'clean' install... simply to eliminate any risk of incompatible software/hardware and drivers etc...

    But, essentially, win2k and winXP both support and will work ok, on fat32 system

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