You better hurry requesting Windows 98 Hotfixes. Half-way 2006 Microsoft will cut down on support for this OS.
Where is the Microsoft ESDI_506.PDR Hotfix for enabling large drive support ? Who must I ask for it ?
This is the most critical bug affecting Win98 SE and Win ME and Microsoft does nothing at all about it though the problem is known to them since quite a long time and potentially threatens millions of end users worldwide who currently upgrade their hard disks on 98 or ME systems with huge data losses. The OS allows you to format those disks to their real size (at least Win ME does) and if you are unaware of the 48bit LBA adressing bug like most people are you''ll lose much if not all your data as soon as the OS will try to write on the disks beyond the 128 GB mark, regardless of partitioning.
Years ago, Microsoft proudly announced when they introduced FAT32 that the 9x familly of OSes was supporting partitions of up to 2 TB in size (and therefore Hard Drives up to something like 40 TB).
Microsoft has corrected this bug in Windows 2000 in which it was present as well several years ago with SP3 but not in Windows ME which is no older than Windows 2000.
A certain Rudolph R. Loew has apparently successfully written a patch ON HIS OWN for addressing this bug. It has apparently been tested positively on drives of up to 400 GB.
Can I suggest Microsoft to take contact with Mr Loew to buy his patch and issue it in emergency to their customers who need it as they seem unable to solve the problem themselves despite their billions and expertise ?
Or has maybe someone the address of a good lawyer so that I and others can successfully sue Microsoft for the sudden and huge data losses they have or will suffer solely for the reasons underlined above until Microsoft support officially ceases for the 98SE and Me OSes ?