Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: WinXP - max hard drive size?

18 Aug 2011   #1

Win 8.1 Pro
 
 
WinXP - max hard drive size?

Please excuse the WinXP question - I didn't see a link to an 'XP' forum at the bottom of this site; so, I figured I'd post here real quick.

Google results give conflicting answers. Can anyone tell me what max hard drive size WinXP Professional 32-bit will recognize?

I plan to connect an external drive via USB to an old laptop.

Thank you, as always, folks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Aug 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Assuming you are using SP3 I believe the limit is 2TB, this is only the limit for a drive you wish to boot from as SP3 supports Dynamic disks and you can go higher than that using this method.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Aug 2011   #3

Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Thank you, Sub! I should be fine with 1TB or less, then. Cool.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

yes I've had 2x500GB (1TB) RAID0 booting and operating great in XP SP3
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Aug 2011   #5

Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sub Styler View Post
yes I've had 2x500GB (1TB) RAID0 booting and operating great in XP SP3
Cool. I figured I'd hear from someone with experience. Much appreciated.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Aug 2011   #6

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

Actually, as far as I know, that 2TB limit is only implied if you have a cluster and sector size of 512 bytes (has to do with the MBR). With those new drives that has a sector size of 4096, then the limit should increase to 16TB.

Of course, there are always workarounds such as GPT and RAID...

Understanding the 2 TB Limit in Windows Storage - Ask the Core Team - Site Home - TechNet Blogs
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Aug 2011   #7

Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Thank you, arkhi!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

Thread Tools



Similar help and support threads for2: WinXP - max hard drive size?
Thread Forum
hard drive data size different Hardware & Devices
Power needed for two 2TB hard drive (3.5" size)? Hardware & Devices
HELP: Hard Drive C size smaller than Hard Drive D General Discussion
Maximum Hard Drive Size Hardware & Devices
Solved Hard Drive Size?? Hardware & Devices
Restore to new size hard drive Backup and Restore
W7 Hard Drive size error General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:02 AM.
Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App
  

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33