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Solved: External hd for windows xp

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  1. Xynd

    Xynd Thread Starter

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    Hi Guys

    My computer is Intel E2180 1G ram Windows XP SP2
    I plan to buy a 2TB external harddrive.
    After googling I found out that 2TB is exactly the limit windows XP can handle so I am quite worried.
    Can I just plug to usb & use the harddrive without problem?
    Please advise me

    Thank you
     
  2. crjdriver

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    You should be able to use it without problems however I do see one big issue. You have not updated to sp3. You are really asking for a virus, malware, etc by not having up to date patches for the os.
     
  3. DaveBurnett

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    Yes, though I would update to SP3 first!
     
  4. saikee

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    Some of the 3TB external hard disks can be used by Xp too. Although 2TB is the limit for the hard disk partitioned with the MSDOS partition table (maximum 4 primary partitions) that assumes each sector is 512 bytes some manufacturers can play trick with the interface. They do this by telling the operating system its sector size larger than sector like 4096 bytes. Thus 3Tb can be used on every operating system I have tried.

    These 3TB hard disks will only have trouble if one removes the bare disk and put it inside a PC as an internal hard disk because by then the user will discover the sector size has not been changed at all and the trick is in the USB interface supplied by the manufacturer.

    As long as such a hard disk is used externally with the manufacturer's interface 3TB hard disk can be used as as every smaller hard disk.

    Internal 3TB hard disks are suitable for 64-bit operating systems when partitioned with the new GPT partition table (max 128 partitions).
     
  5. DaveBurnett

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    Saikee: The OP said he was buying a 2Tb drive not a 3Tb drive so your post is pointless ;)
     
  6. Xynd

    Xynd Thread Starter

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    Thank you for the information Guys.
    Updating to sp3 should be no problem.
     
  7. saikee

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    DaveBurnett,

    I am trying to inject additional information relevant to the question. 3TB external hard disks have been sold and used for normal 32-bit MS Windows for a few years already.
     
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