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> 4TB External Hard Drive in Windows XP, need help.... (Hardware)

radz0
post May 7 2010, 08:36 PM


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Hello guys..i need your help..

Can i use Western Digital MyBook Studio II 4TB (http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=621) in a Windows XP?..and if I'm not mistaken,Windows XP can't support 2TB and above..

is there any ways that i can still use the external drive without installing newer OS? on the configuration or partitioning side maybe?
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Hattori
post May 7 2010, 09:50 PM


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The Basic (MBR) partition has the limit of 2TB or if the volume is formatted using 512 bytes allocation size for NTFS.

You will need to convert it to GPT or dynamic volume in the Disk Management & format it using 1k, 2k, or 4k allocation unit size for NTFS.

I believe that WinXP Disk Management would not allow to format removable drives with NTFS, but Vista & Windows 7 can do that, so it is best done on the newer Windows OS before plugging it into WinXP.
But then again, 32-bit WinXP are not able to read or write to GPT volumes, only for the 64-bit version.

But there might be a workaround, see the last post :

http://forums.techarena.in/hardware-peripherals/1130013.htm

based on :

http://www.dulcesystems.com/html/2tb_limit.html

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Yuki Ijuin
post May 7 2010, 10:18 PM


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If I remember correctly you can use the GPEDIT to make it so that NTFS is an available option for formatting removable drives?
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post May 7 2010, 10:29 PM


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I just remembered... by changing the "Optimize for performance" option will allow NTFS formatting without using the policy editor.

http://www.ntfs.com/quest22.htm
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post May 7 2010, 10:32 PM


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It is running on RAID 0 mean it is combine 2 hard drive of 2TB each and make it total 4TB ...

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post May 7 2010, 10:53 PM


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thank you for all of ur reply..i'll try it first..thanks..
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post May 8 2010, 12:12 AM


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Yes. Windows XP Home allows you to format removable drives as NTFS. I do it all the time.
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