I did not try yet as I am obviously concerned with data loss. Both systems already have two drives, so I would have to replace the slave drive with the one I am trying to access. It was originally a master, but would need to be set up as a slave (this is non-destructive, right?)
The Gateway machine (which I'm more inclined to use since I don't normally use it and am not afraid to cripple) uses the primary HD for the root directory, but the second one for /usr. The Biostar one has Linux confined to the primary disk, so I can boot Linux without needing the second partition. The kernel version on the Gateway system is 2.2.14 and I believe it is a similar version on the Biostar one. The kernel documentation seems to imply it knows how to deal with "large" drives, though no upper limit is given as far as I can see.
> > I have a system with a Samsung 40 GIG HD and it no
> > longer works. Before sending it out for repair, I
> > want to copy the data from it. The problem is, my
> > two other (and older) machines are limited to 32 GB.
> > The first is an old Gateway 486 upgraded to a
> > Pentium 83 MHz while the second has a Biostar M6TLC
> > motherboard and a Pentium II 300 MHz.
> > Gateway does not provide BIOS updates for a machine
> > this old (in fact, back when I got a 1.2 GIG HD for
> > it, I had to purchase the BIOS from Micro Firmware)
> > while Biostar insists that it is a Motherboard limit
> > and they can't do anything about it.
> > I've often heard that Linux bypasses the BIOS for
> > most hardware access. Can I get LINUX to see the
> > entire drive on either of these machines? (I have
> > Slackware installed on both)
> If you can boot Linux off of another hard drive, don't even
> tell the BIOS about the 40GB drive. Then mount the
> partitions manually. Linux only needs the BIOS for the
> bootloader stage. (Assuming that the Linux kernel itself on
> the old machines understands 40GB drives.)
> Have you tried anything yet with the 40GB drive? You don't
> say if you've tried and failed or you haven't even tried
> yet. If you tried and failed, what was the exact