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External hard drive on XP "GPT Protective Partition"

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#1 Sylveon Fetish

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Posted 14 July 2018 - 04:02 PM

I cannot access any of my files on a Western Digital 1TB My Passport hard drive on my Windows XP computer! It does not show up in "My Computer" despite the fact that the drivers were indeed installed!


When I go into Disk Management, it does list the drive albeit as "GPT Protective Partition". It will not let me assign a drive letter to the drive.


The external hard drive works flawlessly on all other computers except this one. I use this drive on several Windows 7 desktops and laptops, on a Windows 10 desktop, and my mother's Windows 8 laptop. I have no problem reading or accessing files on those computers.


It is only Windows XP that says GPT Protective Partition.


I googled GPT Protective Partition and only results pertaining to corrupted hard drives showed which is obviously not the case because the drive works everywhere else on all other computers!



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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 14 July 2018 - 04:36 PM

XP 32bit cannot access GPT disks. Also XP has a hard time with the newer 512e and advanced format disk.




You can convert the GPT disk to MBR using Partition Wizard where all computers including XP can read the drive. If you do this I would back up any important data on the drive first.


I am surprised that a 1TB disk would be GPT. GPT is usually used on anything over 2TB.

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