Issue with dual-boot system w/ large HDD

Discussion in 'A+ Certification' started by Dave Hardenbrook, Nov 27, 2007.

  1. I recently replaced a 60 GB hard disk that had crashed on a system, and
    replaced it with a 320 GB. I configured it to match the old system,
    which Dual-booted Windows 98 SE and XP. The problem I'm having is that
    the system randomly freezes in Windows 98, usually during writes to the
    drive, e.g. while installing drivers. I have scanned the disk and it's
    error-free, and there are no issues with the drive under XP -- It will
    even read/write to the Win98 partition without problems.

    Is this an issue with the BIOS not liking the large HDD under Win98? If
    so, why does it read the drive at all? Is there a work-around? The 98
    partition is needed for apps that won't install let alone run under XP.
    Upgrading the BIOS is out of the question because the motherboard
    manufacturer (Epox) has folded.

    Here's the specs if that's any help:

    BIOS: Award 6.0 PG, 2/08/2002
    Chipset: VIA KT133A

    HDD: Seagate PATA/100 320 GB
    Win98 partition: 10 GB
    WinXP boot partition: 50 GB
    (Rest of disk devoted to docs, data, etc.)

    Dave Hardenbrook, Nov 27, 2007
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