RE: [Electronics_101] Re: OT: Bios 48-bit LBA support versus Windows large hard drive support
- OK, let's close this thread. I started it, I'll close it.
Steve, I appreciate your tolerance, I started the thread cause I trust this
bunch to send me the right direction. Several list members have already hit
me off list to get me going elsewhere.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Electronics_101@yahoogroups.com
> [mailto:Electronics_101@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Steve
> Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2008 11:33 PM
> To: Electronics_101@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [Electronics_101] Re: OT: Bios 48-bit LBA support versus
> Windows large hard drive support
> I don't generally allow general computer questions here because:
> 1. There are plenty of other lists out there just for the subject, and
> 2. It can quickly take over the list.
> And before I get hate mail, extend this out to car questions, IPod
> questions, etc. and see where we'd be.
> Steve Greenfield
> --- In Electronics_101@yahoogroups.com, "Dan Nicoson" <A6intruder@...>
> > Since we got some of you computer types out of the woodwork, here's
> > question:
> > Can I safely use a 250 Gig hard drive as a Slave drive on a computer
> > only has bios 48-bit LBA support (128 gigs)?
> > I have a Dell Latitude D610 computer with bios 48-bit LBA support
> (that IS
> > the latest bios upgrade, nothing better available on the Dell web
> > Before I realized there was an issue with the bios, I had purchased
> two 250
> > Gig hard drives, one for internal, the second for my drive bay
> (swaps out
> > for the CD drive). I used CASPER to move the complete operating
> system and
> > all installed programs over to the new drive, a very easy upgrade.
> > worked great for a month and then it wouldn't boot. When I
> discussed this
> > with CASPER they brought up the fact that my bios was "stuck at
> 48-bit LBA
> > support".
> > Now when the 250 Gig HD is used as the second hard drive, Windows
> seems to
> > show everything correctly. Will this second 250 gig drive be a safe
> way to
> > store 200+ gigs of data? Or, will the bios deficiency catch up with
> > someday and I find I am missing files?
> > Apparently the 48-bit LBA support limits you to 128 gig hard drives?
> > thing is when I go to the Dell web site to check for upgrades, they
> offer a
> > 160 Gig hard drive for my exact machine (I entered the Service code).
> > Also, not knowing any of this, 2-3 years ago I bought a cheap
> E-Machine for
> > my teenage daughter, it came with a 80 gig hard drive and I
> > stuck a 160 gig second drive in there. That 160 gig drive has been
> my home
> > backup/archive drive all this time. Recently I tried adding the 250
> > drives into that E-Machine. It went through the CASPER process fine
> > would not boot on those drives, suggesting it has the 48-bit LBA
> > limitation too.
> > Are these large drives able to safely store data as long as they
> don't have
> > to boot and run the operating system? (I don't want any data loss)
> > Thanks,
> > Dan Nicoson
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- On Tuesday 02 September 2008 21:52, Dan Nicoson wrote:
> Since we got some of you computer types out of the woodwork, here's anotherThe biggest single issue there is whether the BIOS is used once the machine
> Can I safely use a 250 Gig hard drive as a Slave drive on a computer that
> only has bios 48-bit LBA support (128 gigs)?
boots. I have no idea if it is or not for any m$ platform, but for me,
with only linux running here, it's not a problem as the BIOS is only used to
initially boot the machine and not thereafter.
So if you find yourself with a couple of 250G drives you can't use, feel free
to send 'em my way. :-)
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