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Windows XP Pro SP2 maximum external drive size


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#1 qtaqq

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 07:29 AM

Does anyone know if Windows XP Pro SP2 32 and 64 bit is able to recognize a 1tb external hardrive using USB 2.0? Also if anyone has any recommendations that would help also, I was looking at Western Digital or Iomega, although on Amazon the review ratings seem misleading since it seems to assign the rating to every Western Digital or Iomega model regardless if the product model number varies.

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 08:33 AM

XP and beyond will recognize 1tb and larger with no problem.

My only real recommendations regarding external hard drives are that they have a fan for cooling and an external power source. Not dependent on the USB port for power.

Please see reply to your similar question in Win98 forum regarding some drawbacks when using large capacity hard drives with older OS`s.

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 08:58 AM

Western Digital puts out some of the better hard drives in the market, I would go with them. Though I agree with Qtaqq on the fact that it needs its own external power source.

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 03:58 PM

I like the Western Digital drives too. That is all I buy
Concur about the external power source as well.

Be sure to register the drive on the Western Digital website when you get it for warranty purposes.
Typically the warranty is 3 years.

Iomega used to be a big player back when they made Zip drives.
Have not dealt with their hard drives yet though.
In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 06:51 AM

Ok thanks guys or gals, i'll have to pay attention to the description to make sure I get one with an external power source. I'll probably get one 120gb that hopefully will work with 98SE and then another one at 500gb-1tb depending on price and external power supplies to work with XP and Vista.




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