microsoft and hard drives...

some may have seen that maxtor and seagate recently released their 100gb
hard drives… anyway, some may also know that the ide limit, per drive
is 137gb…

anyhow, the hard drive manufactors have designed a way to make drives over
the 137gb limit work, they call it ATA-6. all it needs is a BIOS upgrade,
and a new driver… not suprisingly, to me anyway, microsoft only plans to
release a driver for winXP…


Tony Raineri http://www.woogu.com

Tony Ranieri wrote:
>
> anyhow, the hard drive manufactors have designed a way to make drives
> over the 137gb limit work, they call it ATA-6. all it needs is a BIOS
> upgrade, and a new driver… not suprisingly, to me anyway, microsoft
> only plans to release a driver for winXP…

Well, wouldn’t the hard drive manufacturers be the logical source for new
drivers, anyway? And the bios upgrade from the motherboard manufacturer?

So… what’s the problem here? Microsoft only creates generic drivers and
collects existing ones to release for third party products anyway…


Shena Delian O’Brien * http://www.darklock.com/shena/ The Graphics Kitty!

the way it sounds to me is that the driver just changes the function of
your current ata interface… so its not as though you were buying new
hardware and got manufactor drivers with that, its just a download… but
i was under the impression ms had to release something for their os for it
to work… maybe not…


Tony Raineri http://www.woogu.com

“Shena Delian O’Brien” <shena@darklock.com> wrote in message
news:3B797133.525A5761@darklock.com
> Well, wouldn’t the hard drive manufacturers be the logical source for
> new drivers, anyway? And the bios upgrade from the motherboard
> manufacturer?
>
> So… what’s the problem here? Microsoft only creates generic drivers
> and collects existing ones to release for third party products anyway…

Tony Ranieri wrote:
>
> the way it sounds to me is that the driver just changes the function of
> your current ata interface… so its not as though you were buying new
> hardware and got manufactor drivers with that, its just a download…

Manufacturers commonly release upgrades to their drivers that you can
download and install for the products you already have - it’s a good idea
to check for them on a regular basis.

> but i was under the impression ms had to release something for their os
> for it to work… maybe not…

Possible. Dunno. Where did you find this out?


Shena Delian O’Brien * http://www.darklock.com/shena/ The Graphics Kitty!

yes im aware of manufacturers releasing drivers… sometimes the newest
arent always the best though…

i saw this in maximum pc for sept.


Tony Raineri http://www.woogu.com

“Shena Delian O’Brien” <shena@darklock.com> wrote in message
news:3B797627.6A5B3662@darklock.com
> Tony Ranieri wrote:
> >
> > the way it sounds to me is that the driver just changes the
> > function of
your
> > current ata interface… so its not as though you were buying new
> > hardware and got manufactor
drivers
> > with that, its just a download…
>
> Manufacturers commonly release upgrades to their drivers that you
> can download and install for the products you already have - it’s a
> good idea
to
> check for them on a regular basis.
>
> > but i was under the impression ms had to release something for
> > their os
for
> > it to work… maybe not…
>
> Possible. Dunno. Where did you find this out?

Tony Ranieri wrote:
>
> but i was under the impression ms had to release something for their os
> for it to work… maybe not…

Nope. Manufacturers make drivers. MS decides whether to put those drivers
in their plug and play database or not. If they decide not to include
those drives in the PnP database, you simply have to use the drivers
supplied by the manufacturer.

Simple as that.

As for the BIOS update, that’s completely up to the mobo manufacturer. MS
can do nothing about that.

-Mike K.

>
> –
> Tony Raineri http://www.woogu.com
>
> “Shena Delian O’Brien” <shena@darklock.com> wrote in message
> news:3B797133.525A5761@darklock.com
> > Well, wouldn’t the hard drive manufacturers be the logical source for
> > new drivers, anyway? And the bios upgrade from the motherboard
> > manufacturer?
> >
> > So… what’s the problem here? Microsoft only creates generic drivers
> > and collects existing ones to release for third party products
> > anyway…