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Windows 7: Is there a max. TB size limit with Windows 7 64 bit machine?

29 Apr 2011   #11

Windows 7 professional 64 bit


Did as you suggested, but still show capacity of 746. I went to format it but when I selected New Simple Volumne, the max size is 764307 MB.

I have a ticket open with the vendor. LaCie want me to exchange for another unit. My belief is that it will not work.
I previously had a 8TB LaCie device that had a similiar problem. Even after the exchange I did not have the storage that I expected.

When I bought my Dell, I paid for extra support. I think it is time that I contact them. From what I have been told, Windows 7 64 bit should be able to accept 3 TB external drive. Maybe it is a DELL restriction.

Any other suggestions?



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29 Apr 2011   #12

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

A screen Management screen shot would be useful.
You could also look at the disk with Partition Wizard
Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to boot computer directly to manage partition.

There is a move to larger sector sizes than the standard 512 bytes for larger drives.
What is your sector size?
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30 Apr 2011   #13

Windows 7 professional 64 bit


Be glad to supply a display, which one do you want? How may I find what my sector size is?


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30 Apr 2011   #14

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stuart253 View Post
Be glad to supply a display, which one do you want?
The complete screen shot of what Windows thinks is on your Lacie from "Disk Management". Partition Wizard may shed some extra information.

Chkdsk x:
where x: is the Lacie drive will give you the sector size reported to Windows.
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30 Apr 2011   #15

Windows 7 professional 64 bit


Sorry for the "shouting" in the title, but it look like the problem is a Dell issue. It looks like my desktop will not allow me to setup an external drive over 2 TB.

No matter what I did, I could not setup external drive to be 3 TB.

Somewhere I saw a suggestion to try connecting to another machine. Used my daughter's laptop and it works, Converted over to GPT and formatted the drive. I formatted the drive and all is well.

Connected the drive to my desktop and it also show up as 3 TB.

Why I do not know. I will be contacting DELL.

Thanks to all who have attempted to hel me.

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30 Apr 2011   #16

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Please keep us informed what Dell have to say.
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26 Nov 2012   #17

Win7 64
I used Seagate's DiscWizard for a 3TB drive on Win7-64 system

Not sure it will work on non-Seagate drives, but I don't see why not.
Simple GUI, and it handles HDDs over 2.2 TB so they show-up in Win7.
I am just using this as a data drive, not a boot drive.

Support for Disk Drives Beyond 2.2 TeraBytes (TB) and 4K Advanced Format Sectors
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16 Feb 2019   #18

4T external Drives work ?

4T external Drives work on windows 7 ? Also on win 7 if I put a 4T SSD hard drive in it will see it but I will have to split it up in 2 volumes is this correct ?
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17 Feb 2019   #19

Windows 7 pro 64-bit sp 1

That isn't a compatibility with Windows 7 but it depends upon if you used MBR or GPT when formatting the drive. What’s the Difference Between GPT and MBR When Partitioning a Drive? If it is MBR you will need 2 TB partitions. If it is GPT Windows will see it all with only one.
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17 Feb 2019   #20
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
On the whole the Windows 7 defrag appears to get the thumbs up by forum members (my observation).
What he said. I always recommend using Windows Defragger. It may not be as thorough as some third party defraggers but Windows Defragger is an example of godd enough being good enough. Your HDD can handle up to 10% fragmentation before needed defragging.
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