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By  Super Admin  | Published  02/25/2005 | Hardware | Rating:

On some motherboards, the bios is restrictive in letting you chose settings for your hard drive. IE: multi sector transfers and Logical block addressing. Both of wich increases overall harddrive performance in all versions of windows.

To Overcome this and enable these settings you can install EZ-BIOS on your hard drives via a simple little boot utility that you can get from either Maxtor or Western digital.

The Maxtor Maxblast 3 boot disk will actualy give you more control over the EZ-BIOS settings.

Example: The following is the step by step procedures to adjust settings or to install/uninstall EZ-Bios via Maxblast:

Insert a system boot diskette into floppy disk drive A: drive and boot to
Press the [Enter] key to accept the term of the license agreement and/or
to continue past any other miscellaneous prompts.
From the Main Menu, select "Advanced Options" and press the [Enter] key.
At this point, the Advanced Options sub-menu will appear.

After installing EZ-BIOS, XP will detect the new hardware and install an approprate ATA driver for your hard drive, Reboot and your done ^_^

Happy tweaking

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  • Comment #1 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Totally useless. I want to get rid of MaxBlast3 without losing the drive content.
  • Comment #2 (Posted by an unknown user)
    EZ-Bios is a sure way to create permanent problems with your computer, preventing any further OS upgrades or other software installation. Recommending it's use is reckless and irresponsible.
  • Comment #3 (Posted by Don)
    EZ-Bios will permanently damage your hard drive, preventing any further operating sustem upgrades or maintenance. It may also disable booting from floppy or CDROM. Recommending it's use is reckless and irresponsible.
  • Comment #4 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Yeah dumb dumb. Bad EZ-bios!
  • Comment #5 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Ez-Bios works just fine, as with all thing you must understand the basic computer skills. This is not ment for someone brand new to the field.
  • Comment #6 (Posted by an unknown user)
    good,and good
  • Comment #7 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Telling ANYONE to Ez-Bios with an XP system install, is just totally WRONG! EZ-Bios on ANY SYSTEM TODAY is totally USELESS! IF and I DO MEAN IF someone has an older motherboard that WON'T support larger hard drives of today, they need to consider WAITING until they can upgrade the motherboard. There are 2 optional methods to also instaling XP on a system with hard drive bios limitations. 1. MANUALLY ENTER THE PHYSICAL PARAMETERS OF THE HARD DRIVE IN THE BIOS under the USER DEFINED setting. Most motherboards after 1995, will accept this entry and recognize the drive. 2. IF the BIO will STILL not see the newer larger hard drive, either obtain or use a 3.5 WINDOWS 98 BOOT DISK, boot the system from the FLOPPY DRIVE until at the C: prompt. THEN, once there, use FDISK.EXE and PARTITION THE LARGER DRIVE DOWN to a minimum of TWO smaller partitions that the BIOS will RECOGNIZE! In cases of hard drives of 10 gig or larger, you will have to make multiple partitions, USUALLY no larger then 4 gigabyte each. IF again, you end up partitioning a large hard drive DOWN to be used on an older system, MAKE SURE that the PRIMARY LOGICAL DRIVE PARTITION, is NO SMALLER THEN 2 to 4 gigabyte in size if you intend installing Windows 98, 2000, or XP. IF you have Windows Millenium, TRASH IT, get a legit copy of Windows 2000 - you'll be much happier! Once you've partitioned the larger hard drive down to partitions less then 4 giga byte, MOST older mother boards made in the 90's will see all the partitions and write to them properly. Hope this helps!
  • Comment #8 (Posted by KestieQuietly)
    The ez bios I had came with my first maxtor drive and I adored the registry backup feature. With all the blue screens people now see and corrupt hive problems, I had wondered about installing it onto my usb key and seeing if I could keep an emergency copy of my registry. I had ME and SE, and kept the HOLY maxtor disk next to the emergency boot disks. I am not quite sure how it could have gone bad so quickly. Does anyone have any experience with the usb thing?
  • Comment #9 (Posted by an unknown user)
    More recent links?
  • Comment #10 (Posted by an unknown user)
    links are broken
  • Comment #11 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Links provided expired ages ago
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