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Windows 98SE - 80GB drive.

 
 
~misfit~
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      12-06-2003
I'm putting a PC together for the g/f's father. Integrated nForce2 board,
XP2000+, 256MB RAM, 80GB Seagate 7,200rpm. (He's on a budget) A big step up
from his Celly 500/8GB. It's a business machine and will use specialised
software that is incompatible with 2K or XP so he wants 98SE on it.

Can I just format C: as one partition? He isn't very computer-literate and
I'd hate to confuse him more than I have to by having multliple partitions.
I've never tried installing 98 on a drive that big.

Your input would be greatly appreciated.

TIA,
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      12-06-2003

"~misfit~" <~misfit~@his_desk.com> wrote in message
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> I'm putting a PC together for the g/f's father. Integrated nForce2 board,
> XP2000+, 256MB RAM, 80GB Seagate 7,200rpm. (He's on a budget) A big step

up
> from his Celly 500/8GB. It's a business machine and will use specialised
> software that is incompatible with 2K or XP so he wants 98SE on it.
>
> Can I just format C: as one partition? He isn't very computer-literate and
> I'd hate to confuse him more than I have to by having multliple

partitions.
> I've never tried installing 98 on a drive that big.
>
> Your input would be greatly appreciated.
>
> TIA,
> --
> ~misfit~


You should be able to, but even if you can't, format it for as much as you
can ignore the rest - it will still be (relatively) huge compared to what
went before. The size limit was around 32 gig for Fat32 IIRC

http://www.win2000mag.net/Articles/I...rticleID=38803 which has links
to other sites, including

http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;184006


 
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Peter Huebner
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      12-06-2003
In article <QdkAb.20756$(E-Mail Removed)>,
~misfit~@his_desk.com says...
> I'm putting a PC together for the g/f's father. Integrated nForce2 board,
> XP2000+, 256MB RAM, 80GB Seagate 7,200rpm. (He's on a budget) A big step up
> from his Celly 500/8GB. It's a business machine and will use specialised
> software that is incompatible with 2K or XP so he wants 98SE on it.
>
> Can I just format C: as one partition? He isn't very computer-literate and
> I'd hate to confuse him more than I have to by having multliple partitions.
> I've never tried installing 98 on a drive that big.
>
> Your input would be greatly appreciated.
>
> TIA,
> --
> ~misfit~


I think not. See what Win98 fdisk thinks about it - it will tell you
exactly what the size limit is. I have a dim memory of formatting my 80
Gig drive to two 38 meg partitions and having some 6 megs left over ...
(yes, I know that does not total 80).

-Peter
 
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Uncle StoatWarbler
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      12-06-2003
On Sun, 07 Dec 2003 01:50:01 +1300, ~misfit~ wrote:

> Can I just format C: as one partition?


Yes, just make sure it's FAT32 (this should be the default on that version
of windohs)


 
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      12-06-2003

Thanks for the replies. I guess I'll just have to suck it and see. I'm
waiting for him to drop his CDROM and install number off here.
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      12-06-2003
On Sun, 07 Dec 2003 01:50:01 +1300, ~misfit~ wrote:

> Can I just format C: as one partition?


Yes - you could.

But it would make more sense to divide it into two or three partitions and
to tell him that he has three separate places to store stuff as he sees
fit. - especially given that all data on the other two partitions would be
safe when reformatting the C: partition prior to the next
re-installation of WIN98 again.

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Uncle StoatWarbler
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      12-07-2003
On Sun, 07 Dec 2003 10:53:04 +1300, ~misfit~ wrote:

> Thanks for the replies. I guess I'll just have to suck it and see. I'm
> waiting for him to drop his CDROM and install number off here.


One assumes you don't know the handwaving trick to make win98se not need a
serial number - all done with the cdrom.




 
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      12-07-2003
Uncle StoatWarbler wrote:
> On Sun, 07 Dec 2003 10:53:04 +1300, ~misfit~ wrote:
>
>> Thanks for the replies. I guess I'll just have to suck it and see.
>> I'm waiting for him to drop his CDROM and install number off here.

>
> One assumes you don't know the handwaving trick to make win98se not
> need a serial number - all done with the cdrom.


That is one trick I don't know. It would be handy as I have a 98SE CD here
but just want his number but it seems he's away for a while. I'd like to
have some time with it to be sure I can get drivers for everything, it's an
integrated mobo, sound, NIC, video etc all on-board.
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Graham
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      12-07-2003
I'm using Win98. I have a drive, Seagate 120GB, in one partition.

~misfit~ wrote:
>
> I'm putting a PC together for the g/f's father. Integrated nForce2 board,
> XP2000+, 256MB RAM, 80GB Seagate 7,200rpm. (He's on a budget) A big step up
> from his Celly 500/8GB. It's a business machine and will use specialised
> software that is incompatible with 2K or XP so he wants 98SE on it.
>
> Can I just format C: as one partition? He isn't very computer-literate and
> I'd hate to confuse him more than I have to by having multliple partitions.
> I've never tried installing 98 on a drive that big.
>
> Your input would be greatly appreciated.
>
> TIA,
> --
> ~misfit~
>
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Gordon
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      12-07-2003
On Sun, 07 Dec 2003 01:50:01 +1300, ~misfit~ wrote:

> I'm putting a PC together for the g/f's father. Integrated nForce2 board,
> XP2000+, 256MB RAM, 80GB Seagate 7,200rpm. (He's on a budget) A big step up
> from his Celly 500/8GB. It's a business machine and will use specialised
> software that is incompatible with 2K or XP so he wants 98SE on it.
>
> Can I just format C: as one partition? He isn't very computer-literate and
> I'd hate to confuse him more than I have to by having multliple partitions.
> I've never tried installing 98 on a drive that big.
>
> Your input would be greatly appreciated.


a) It does work, assuming the BIOS sees it all.

b) Does the old fellow ever need know that there are more than one
partition. Short cuts hide the details.

c) Let the old chap use his brain, and educate him about partitions,
farmers use these all the time, called paddocks.

Use it or lose it as they say.
 
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