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Large Hard Drive Support  (48 bit LBA) - 137 GB plus for Windows ME (Millenium)

  

   

1 - 48 bit Bios Support - 2 - Windows Support - 3 Registry Support

4 - PCI ATA controller card - 5 - Software Help

   

         

1 - 48 bit Bios Support 

 

First Download the Intel 48-bit LBA Test Program (ME & 98/98SE only). If your motherboard does not support it then you will need a 3rd party PCI controller card that has 48-bit support.

Next  thing you must be aware of is the need for 48 bit support from your Bios, which is located on your motherboard. Without this your large hard drive will not be fully seen. This will mean installing the latest bios update from your computer manufacturer, or motherboard manufacturer.

WARNING - INCORRECT INSTALLATION OF A BIOS CAN CAUSE SERIOUS PROBLEMS

There is many ways to determine your bios version, and motherboard make.

To find out the version and mainboard download a file called CPU-Z. It can be found here:  http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php#download . It can tell you a lot about your system.

As you can see by the above image, that my laptop motherboard is made by Hewlett Packard and the version of the bios is KF_KH.f.05. So I went to the HP website, found my computer make and checked out the files. The latest BIOS version for me is KF.KF.F.14. Note the slight difference in the coding, that's why it's best to go to the site and look under the model of your machine or from the model and make of your motherboard.

OEM Motherboard Bios: If the computer is OEM then the best thing to do is to phone the computer manufacturer or go to their website. Be careful that you do this because using a 3rd party BIOS upgrade could leave your OEM version of Windows dormant.

On their website check against your machine make and model number to find bios files available for it and also the make of the motherboard. 

FULL Motherboards Bios: To get the correct bios for your motherboard, just go straight to the manufacturers website.

FINDING Type & Version: The easiest way to find the make and model of a motherboard is to look at it. Yes take the side off your computer and look inside. 90% of computers will have manufacturer and motherboard model printed on it.

To find out the version download a file called CPU-Z. It can be found here:  http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php#download . It can tell you a lot about your system.

 

   

2 - Windows Support

  

Windows ME support for 48 bit LBA requires that you have support from your motherboard or a compatible 3rd party PCI controller card that has 48-bit support. This will enable support for drives larger than 137 Gigabyte. FDISK will also not support these drives, so you will need to use the manufacturers setup disk for the hard drive or a 3rd party partition program.

WARNING

May be incompatible with some versions of drive overlays that could cause the system not to boot

 

  

3 - Registry Changes

  

WARNING - EDITING YOUR REGISTRY CAN CAUSE SERIOUS PROBLEMS, DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK

NONE REQUIRED

      

     

4 - PCI ATA controller card

   

Check with the board version and make. If it supports it then, just set the drive up using 3rd party or manufacturers setup software. If not then you need to buy a new card. Sorry there is no way around it.

WARNING

May be incompatible with some versions of drive overlays that could cause the system not to boot

 

   

      

5 - Software Help

 

3RD PARTY

Enable LBA TOOL

INTEL

 Download the Intel 48-bit LBA Test Program (ME & 98/98SE only)

MAXTOR

Download Maxtor Big Drive Enabler  (This should run on most Computers, Maxtor Hard Drive or not)

   

 

 

 

 
   

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