3. Windows Millennium (Me) on a traditional motherboard
Microsoft Windows Me has a native limitation of 137GB supporting ATA interface disc drives that
are attached to traditional Primary and Secondary IDE Channels on the motherboard. In this
configuration WinMe will not create partitions greater than 137GB.
Intel offers drivers to support the full capacity of drives larger than 137 GB on motherboards
equipped with the Intel 800 Series chipset. For help identifying your Intel chipset see the Chipset
Identification section below. If you are not sure what kind of chipset your motherboard has,
contact your system or motherboard manufacturer. If your motherboard is unsupported by a non-
Microsoft driver, Windows Me support of ATA drives larger than 137GB is possible on an ATA
controller card. Otherwise, if you plan to upgrade to an operating system that has native support
of 48-bit addressing, the drive could be prepared up to 137GB with the remaining capacity added
The Intel Application Accelerator v2.3 or above is listed compatible with Windows Me. Detailed
information and the latest version of the driver can be downloaded from
. See the Intel Application Accelerator section below for
Caution: If your system's old boot drive is less than 137GB and uses a drive overlay program
(DDO) to overcome a previous BIOS capacity limitation (such as Disk Manager or
DiscWizard and identifiable as a blue banner box before the operating system loads),
then the Intel Application Accelerator is incompatible with your system. If you have this
legacy configuration, the Ultra ATA controller card is the only solution for Windows Me.
If you install the Intel Application Accelerator on this type of system, loss of data will
occur. If you are not sure if your system uses a DDO, contact your drive manufacturer.
In general, if you are building a new single-drive system with a 137GB BIOS limitation
and the drive is greater than 137GB, then DiscWizard Starter Edition will utilize a DDO
that is compatible with IAA.
Microsoft has issued updates that relate specifically to ATA (IDE) interface disc drives and
recommends that you keep the OS updated with the latest drivers. For example, see also the
Microsoft Knowledgebase article Q273017:"Windows IDE Hard Drive Cache package" at
Windows Me has a feature call System Restore that records and tracks changes to the system
settings and files. If a restore point exists you can undo harmful changes to the previous settings.
It is highly recommended that you create new system restore points prior to making significant
changes to your system.
New system consideration – Seagate's DiscWizard Starter Edition disc installation software is
designed to make building a new system as easy as possible. If your system BIOS sees the full
capacity of the drive DiscWizard will not install a DDO. If your BIOS has a capacity limitation,
DWSE will install a DDO that is compatible with the IAA or eventual OS upgrade. DWSE also
provides the convenience of a fast partition and format saving nearly an hour over the operating
Windows Me has a default limitation of 137GB supporting ATA interface disc drives. Therefore,
your boot drive partition will have a maximum size of 137GB.
Warning: Formatting a drive past the 137GB barrier on a system that does not meet all
requirements of BIOS support and the Intel Application Accelerator 48-bit Addressing
operating system drivers will result in data loss. Seagate is not responsible for lost data.
If you have an Intel compatible chipset, and after the OS and IAA are installed, any additional
gigabytes will show up later as unallocated space on the drive. You can easily create a second
partition with DiscWizard 2003 or the Windows Fdisk partitioning tools.
Adding a drive to an existing system – Seagate's DiscWizard 2003 disc installation software for
Windows is designed to make adding a new drive to a system as easy as possible.