The MS one merely gives a general overview and I note it says nothing about disc size. The Maxtor book states that there is a size limit for W98SE, for both Scandisk and Defrag. It is Scandisk I am most concerned about, and I need to know if I can use it, given that DOS does not recognise an external drive.
The Maxtor manual for my 7200rpm, 120Gb external USB2 HD (used with USB1.1), has instructions for certain uses in tabular form. In the section for Scandisk and Defrag, it clearly states
W98SE do not use for partitions over 127GB ME Do NOT use XP Use Chkdsk
I am not sure what "partition" means, but as the size of my HD is 120, does this mean I can use Scandisk if I had W98SE? And why can't it be done with ME - what is the difference that it will work with one and not the other? And, does, "do not use" mean it won't work, or is it a warning of possible damage/problems? Why don't manufacturers make themselves clear? Forgive my ultra-cautious approach, but I am very nervous of doing damage to the HD.