First and smaller of this problems are hard drives with 4kb sector-size and about that it is possible to read on this place.
In my thinking more serious problem for us is hardware change from combination BIOS-MBR (master boot record) to UEFI-GPT (GUID Partition Table). In the end because support of Master boot record which is having hard drive limit of 2 TB and 4kb size is ending all Windows older of Windows Vista are having interesting problems. Official position of hard drives producers about Windows 98 SE (and Windows XP) is:
Western Digital 2TB disks officialy do not support OS older of Vista. It is possible to add support with special PCIE card, but this will not work on Windows 98
Hitachi has declared that user need to install new Window OS (Vista or 7)
Seagate is using special software to break this limit for Windows XP, but nothing about Windows 98. Only good news is that part of Seagate 2TB hard disk is supporting Windows 98 SE, but other part do not support so it is all question of luck which you will buy.
Because of this hardware reasons in my thinking now it is time to buy new 2TB hard disk which will support Windows 98 SE. For that job I have choosen SAMSUNG SpinPoint F4 EcoGreen, SATA, 2000.0 GB, 32MB, 5400 because it is no brainer or in other words it is ONLY Samsung 2TB hard drive and it is supporting Windows 98 SE which is very different of Seagate who is having different 2TB hard disks (some supports some not).
Reasons for SpinPoint F4 are:
full Windows 98 SE support
cheapest 2TB hard drive
coldest 2Tb hard drive
fastest medium speed in HD Tune tests in Green hard drives category
Reasons against (in support of Seagate) SpintPoint F4 are:
slowest hard disk speed in PC Mark tests
slowest burst perfomance
it is SATA II disk, but it speed is in line with SATA I
New Windows 98 SE installation on SpinPoint:
Like we all on this forum know we need to change BIOS to work in compantible mode so that Windows 98 SE can work with SATA disks.
SpinPoint is connected on SATA and my DVD with Windows 98 SE CD is connected with PATA
First question which during installation user is asked is about creating and formating partitions. If user will answer yes on default offer for creating and formating partition Windows 98 SE he will create interesting partition or on other words formated FAT 32 partition of around 360 GB. In the end even with this weard number installation has ended OK and everything has worked.
Because I am having on old hard disk dual boot, like last Windows noob I have not thinked about 137 GB limit so trying to install Windows XP on second partition of 300 GB has destroyed Windows 98 SE partition. After loosing many, many hours I have destroyed both partitions and created new which have been 32 GB for Windows 98 SE and 100 GB for Windows XP and now my Windows 98 SE installation and Windows XP installation have worked OK. Latter with for example Partition Magic it has been possible to extend both partition (Windows 98 SE until 128 GB) and created 3rd great partition for media archive.
My hope is that this small installation guide will help somebody else who will not make my noob mistake + I am having very stupid conflict/problem with new configuration so I am needing small help.
After installing both sistems everything is working superb, but my DVD is having weird Windows conflict.
I can install all programs from DVD, but I can't copy files from DVD to hard disk or in other words if on DVD I am having few media files Windows will start to copy and after let say 60 seconds latter stop because of input error. In beginning DVD will work normal, but after let say 30 second it is possible to hear that it is stoping to work and after next 30 windows are giving message about input error. I have tried to copy from DOS, Windows 98, Windows XP but situation has not changed. My MBO is AsRock 775i65G
My thinking is that I am having sort of conflict between SATA hard disk and PATA DVD, but I do now know how to solve this problem....
This post has been edited by Rjecina: 30 August 2011 - 06:19 AM