New HD for WinMe, AMD Duron (Feb 2001) - BIOS limit, solved?
Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 20:00:21 +0000 (UTC)
My HD died. Fry's has good price Seagate ST3160023A 160GB Ultra ATA/100
Hard Drive $99.99, $49.99 after rebate[ugh].
i've been reading usenet posts and Seagate (HD), FIC (mobo), Phoenix
(=Award), Via (chipset), AMD, MS, & other sites. i summarize:
BIOS & partitions
my bios doesn't 48 bit LBA. seagate DDO (disc overlay) works ok, but can
cause trouble wiht major operations later (file recovery, repartitoin,
hardware controller card is best LBA solutoin.
i intend to partition anyway. multipartition would solve 137 gb limit
trouble. therefore, no need for ddo software? but are partitoins
someday, i'd like to try linux (dual boot). Are there complications i
need to deal with *now*? besides multiple partitoins, do i have ot
prepare now for dual-boot?.
the other possibilbty is win2000 (i can use an unused license) instead
of winme, but not sure about support for device, oddball software, etc.
Haven't the 2k SPs caught up with multimedia? similarly, i expect future
apps, & hardware will provide backward compatibility for 2k, not for
win9x. so win2k looks better than winMe. (Modern malware is written for
IE, nt/2k/xp, not win9x, but spybotsd and AV work well)
ATA100 disc is $20 less than ata/133 HD. would an ATA133 disc be
noticeably faster? my ATA 66 system seems slightly slow (to me) at
startup. i assume teh controller cards sold are all ata133 or same
price as ata100 cards. (unless card sata, but i don't want to spend $$$
for SATA on this old computer)
[System: AMD Duron 800MHz,
FIC AZ11 pcb 1.2 (the last mobo version) using Via KT133 chipset
Award BIOS v6.00 (bought with VDA44, which is the current downloadable