the "deal" is your hd is too big for win 98
I have to take exception to this statement. While it's true that W2K won't format a FAT32 partition larger than 32gig, that's where the problem ends. This is apparently an artificial restriction to force people to use NTFS for some reason. W2K has no problem running with FAT32 partitions of any legal size, and I have several FAT32 partitions larger than 32gig running quite happily with W2K. All the other disk tools function fine with the larger FAT32 partitions...Microsoft Windows 2000 only supports FAT32 partitions up to a size of 32 GB.