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First post, by data9791

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I'm converting an early 2000's Dell laptop into a Win98 gaming laptop and want to populate the unused USB slots with mini thumb drives to expand my game storage space.

Reply 2 of 7, by MAZter

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There is no limit, I use the Samsung 256Gb BAR Plus USB 3.1 Titan Gray MUF-256BE4-AM flash drive even under MS-Dos session.

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Reply 3 of 7, by derSammler

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MAZter wrote:

There is no limit, I use the 256Gb USB flash drive even under MS-Dos session:

There is. Writing to any sector beyond the 128 GB border will cause a wrap-around and corrupt random data. The problem is that Win9x won't tell you. It will detect larger media just fine, but isn't able to correctly use them.

Reply 4 of 7, by bjwil1991

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That was my initial thought as well. Any storage device, whether internal fixed disk or removable storage, has a size limit up to 137GB (or 128GB) for Windows 9x. Windows NT 4.0 SP4 and later NT systems do not have limits.

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Reply 5 of 7, by MAZter

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Looks like the 137GB limit was broken over a decade ago, just don't use defrag and other maintenance services:

https://www.techtalk.cc/viewtopic.php?t=3988

https://www.seagate.com/support/kb/disc/tp/137gb.pdf

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Reply 6 of 7, by Srandista

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You have to patch it to add support for LBA48.

https://msfn.org/board/topic/129027-big-hdd-4 … a-thread-index/

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Reply 7 of 7, by bjwil1991

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Ah. Never knew that. Can that be used for Windows 95 as well, or not really?

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