> I have not used an IDE hard disk for at least five years. I went out
>to buy one to use as temporary storage for Amanda ( the network backup
>software, if I may put a plug for them, see www.amanda.org ) but I was
>startled to see a prominent badge warning that you must have Windows 95
>or above. The drive I'm interested in is a13GB drive and is at a pretty
>good price. My first reaction is that the warning is there because
>older OS, say Win 3.x, may not see the whole drive. On the other
>hand, there is the slight chance that this may not the whole story.
>Thus, before I buy a dud, I'd like to know if this drive will work with
>Linux, especially when it says that it is a UDMA dirve and I only have
>an older straight IDE controller to tie it to.
I *suspect* that the only possible downside is that a UDMA drive
plugged into an older IDE system will not run as fast as it could --
it'll run as fast as any other IDE drive you could hook up to that
system, but you would lose the UDMA benefits.
Somebody with more insight into the UDMA/old IDE relationship will be
along later, I'm sure, to provide definitive and trustworthy
information on this subject.
But as to the Win95 warning on the drive, that really only refers to
earlier Microsoft product's inability to see large devices as you
suspected. I'm running Linux on several
(used-to-be-large-but-now-seem-small) Maxtor UDMA drives., including
one in a machine that still has its "Win98" sticker on the front. Got
to remember to rip that thing off when I go in Monday.
Living on Earth may be expensive, but it includes an annual free
trip around the Sun.
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