- 500 gb WD Sata drive
- drive set to SATA-raid mode in motherboard bios (not IDE compatible mode)
- motherboard was Asrock Dual VSTA (Via 880 chipset)
- win-98 using via driver for hard drive access (not esdi_506)
- I filled the drive with multiple copies of DVD .VOB files to test for 128 gb problem
The issue with large hard drive support (these days) for win-98 is moot (as I see it). Most large drives these days will be SATA, and attaching a SATA drive to a win-98 system will automatically give the user the option of using the SATA driver, which completely side-steps the problem with esdi_506. Anyone using a SATA drive in IDE compatible mode for use with win-98 is just making their life more complicated than it needs to be. Many win-98 sata drivers are available. USE THEM!
I doubt that Windows 9X SATA-Raid drivers are available for many of the newer motherboards.
I also found that in at least one motherboard, using SATA-Raid mode disabled my Adaptec SCSI Card from booting.
I agree that IDE Compatability mode is more complicated. I had to write a Patch and .INF file to make it work properly, but it works on my newest motherboards.
I'm not sure what VIA Driver you are using, but the 2003 Miniport Driver has a bug in it. You wouldn't see it since you are using a WD Drive.