Originally Posted by xandypx
IIRC, it has been a long time. Windows 95/98 have a limitation on HDD size of 137GB. This is due to FAT32, and total possible sectors that can be handled by the OS.
It may be possible to format the HDD on an XP/Vista/7 system to two partitions formatted in FAT32 using the Diskpart utility, but I am not sure.
Someone correct me if my memory fails me.
...and as Squeeky mentioned, SATA on the Motherboard.. you are out of luck. Windows did not recognize SATA until XP SP1. You can't even install an original XP disc (no service pack) onto a computer with SATA ports without first slipstreaming it to SP-1.
It's not exactly like that: yes, the limitation is of 137GB, but it's nott due to FAT32; it's because of the 28-bit LBA Addressing Windows used to address Hard Disk space. You can still buy external HDD's today that are way larger than 137GB and they use FAT32 for compatibility with the MAC/Linux out of the box.
Windows XP came with NTFS as the default file system, but still only could address 137GB. Only service pack 1 corrected that, implementing 48-bit adressing, which has a much bigger limit (petabytes - Here for more info: http://www.48bitlba.com/overview.htm
). That is why I had to slipstream the Service Pack into my original 2001 XP installation disk when I switched to a bigger HDD than the original 40GB one.
EDIT: Oh, yes, of course, Rust1d?, SATA HDD's are not going to get you Windows 98 installed on them. IF it's ATA, you're ok.Edited by tpi2007 - 2/21/11 at 8:37am