|Such an old post, but gave me some hints.|
I have an old HP Vectra 486. The original Maxtor drive (211 Mb) died and I had to install a 89 Mb Seagate drive. According to the computer's BIOS, it should recognize even 8 Gb drives. I have a 4 Gb Maxtor drive, which contains Win98 and can also be configured to look as a 2.2 Gb unit. I would like to use it as a slave.
MSDOS 6.22 apparently sees the drive as a 512 Mb unit at FDISK window . But FDISK also says "unable to access drive 2", and cannot set up a partition.
I will try to format the big HD under SUSE Linux 12.1 to FAT16, previously creating two or three partitions. Then install it back in the 486.