Of COURSE installing a hard drive should be a herculean ordeal! Why should I assume it would be simple?
Okay, I wire the thing up. I figure I’ll skip the software it came with and do a standard fdisk and format — but FDisk doesn’t recognize the full size of the drive. Apparently Win98’s fdisk can’t deal with 120 gig drives. So, I download a patch from microsoft which is supposed to fix that, except it actually doesn’t.
I figure, hell, I’ll use the Maxtor software then. Guess what? I need a floppy drive to boot off of in order to do it and there is no floppy drive on the MAME box. So we salvage one out of an old computer but can’t connect it up — it always gives us a ‘floppy drive failed (40)’ error.
And even if it had worked, here’s the kicker: I find out that the Maxtor software OVERWRITES YOUR SYSTEM BIOS with something they call ‘EZ-Bios’. Like HELL am I gonna monkey with my bios just to instal a freaking hard drive — a drive that my ordinary bios recognizes the full size of just fine!
Sooo, now I’m gonna pop it out of the MAME box, put it into my WinXP machine (which I KNOW will have no problems using the full size, since I have an intel mobo with Intel Application Accelerator, which Maxtor says will be A-OK with it). I’ll format the whole blasted thing with NTFS and be done with it and find some other way to get files off my MAME box.
Now, my technical question to you: WinXP doesn’t seem to have an fdisk utility. What’s the equivilant? I am NOT going to use their installation software and risk nuking my whole computer.
I hate hardware.