Re: How to find out the largest IDE drive I can install
> 1. What are the various size limits for IDE33/66/100 & 133 ?
Read the History of BIOS and IDE limits at:
The maximum disk size for Pentium II computers is likely to be 137
If the BIOS has a size limit, then you must install the boot loader
beneath that limit. The Linux kernel itself does not use the BIOS to
access hard disks, so if the kernel can be loaded, then a BIOS limit
isn't a real problem.
> 2. How can I determine what generation of IDE controler a given
> machine has?
Try the dmesg and lspci commands, and look under the /proc directory.
I've got a bunch of old P2 class HP's that I'm recycling for various
projects at work.
I'm now looking at an application that would require a large amnount of
hard disk storage. I was thinking thta I could put 4 120G drives in these
machines, but a friend of mine reminded me that they might be to old to
This leads to a couple of questiosn.
1. What are the various size limits for IDE33/66/100 & 133 ?
2. How can I determine what generation of IDE controler a given machine
Thanks for any info or pointers to docs.