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Windows XP/WHS and 3TB Drives


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#1 mfc90125

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 02:48 PM

Greetings,

Not sure if I have the right forum, but I own a MediaSmart ex490 and am attempting to add a 3TB drive to the 3th bay. Unfortunately, the drive only recognizes 746.51GB. I am running Windows Home Server on the ex490, and have had no trouble adding the other 2TB drives into it. The 3TB is a WD30EZRXSP.

How do I get XP and WHS to recognize the full 3TB?

Thnks for your help.

Edited by mfc90125, 11 February 2012 - 02:50 PM.


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Posted 11 February 2012 - 04:06 PM

Is the drive formatted?

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 04:16 PM

It came pre-formatted from Amazon - the drive reads and could probably accept data right out of the box.

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 07:12 PM

Please go to Disk Management and post a screenshot.

Start/Run...type diskmgmt.msc and hit Enter.

How To Capture And Edit A Screen Shot - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic43088.html/page__gopid__2493350

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 03:00 PM

Please go to Disk Management and post a screenshot.

Start/Run...type diskmgmt.msc and hit Enter.

How To Capture And Edit A Screen Shot - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic43088.html/page__gopid__2493350

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I was able to determine that since XP is 32-bit, it will not accept drives above 1.82TB. So, I simply added a fourth 2TB to the MS and moved the 3TB to my HTPC.

Long term, this is gonna be a problem, unless I can upgrade the RAM and the OS to Server 2010. Has anyone here tried that? Also, please comment on whether you've been able to upgrade the processor, or if that was even necessary.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 05:07 PM

FWIW: http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r20672476-Maximum-Hard-Drive-Size-for-Windows-XP-32-bit

My own take...XP cannot see a single partition (not drive) that fits the parameters noted. That doesn't mean that the drive cannot be split into more than one partition, IMO.

Sinc my largest hard drive is 1.5TB, I cannot verify my thoughts. But I would deleted the existing partition structure on any drive larger than 2TB...then format such drive into at least 2 partitions, with neither being larger than 2TB.

http://www.petri.co.il/gpt-vs-mbr-based-disks.htm

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