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Jim Bigger
Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 1999 - 8:58 am:   

We have received a 'donated' 486-33 WS from an upgrade. It is setup with WIN95. It has a WD-Caviar 21200 Hard Drive. This is a 1.2G drive. In the BIOS, it is set up as a type 48 - 1024 Cyl, 16 Hd, 63 Sect. The actual specs on the Drive are 2484 Cyl, 16 Hds, 63 Sect. We noticed when the system boots, a 'EZ-Drive' by MicroHouse Int, pops up. This appears to be some kind of HD device driver that allows the BIOS to deal with the extra large drive. But we have no information on how this has been done. We cannot find anything on Drive c: that looks like a device driver. Is this imbedded in the HD itself, or do we have to install something. We want to set the PC up for a pure DOS teaching machine; remove Win95. Can we FDISK this drive w/o loosing the EZ stuff. We would like to keep the full capacity of the drive but don't know how to preserve the EZ driver (if that is what it is). As an alternative, does anyone know how to get to WD tech support for advice (or to Micro House tech support). Thanks in advance. Jim Bigger -
Posted on Wednesday, December 29, 1999 - 1:16 am:   

EZ drive is readily available from Western Digital, at:
It is now called EZ install, but does exactly the same thing. Download it and read the readme.txt for info on how to install. Keep in mind that it will only work on WD drives, even if you have a multiple drive system.

If you fdisk the drive you will indeed lose EZ Drive, but you'll be better off doing this if you want to have a nice clean install of EZ and Dos. Good luck...
Posted on Thursday, June 15, 2000 - 4:23 pm:   

EZDrive resides on the boot record after being installed.
Leon W Brockman
Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2001 - 9:43 pm:   

I am after a BIOS upgrade for Fujitsu ICL Indiana D series PC. Current BIOS says that its V2.0. Motherboard is V12LC-2X. PC manufactured 1995. Intel Pentium 75 CPU. 40Meg. SRAM.
I need it to recognise new hard drive - WD Caviar 33100 which I have installed after the smaller Quantum HD disintegrated. I was running Windows98 with no problems until the crash of the drive.
I would greatly appreciate any help.
Yours sincerely,
Leon W. Brockman

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