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 Post subject: What is the biggest external drive I can use with 32-bit XP
PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:20 am 
Sharptooth
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I have 2TB external drives connected to my workhorse XP machine. I'm running out of room for my music, down to less than 300GB of free space.

I've read that 2TB is the maximum drive size 32-bit XP can access if you set the sector size to 512 during format.

If I buy a 4TB drive, can I set the sector size to 4K and use the full 4TB in Windows XP 32-bit?

Would I be better off keeping a sector size of 512 and creating two 2TB partitions?


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 Post subject: Re: What is the biggest external drive I can use with 32-bit
PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:26 am 
Smithfield
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1024 bytes per sector. However, this means now that each file will now take up space in 1024 byte chunks... not that it really matters.

Alternatively you could see about using the Advanced Format (the 4K format).


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 Post subject: Re: What is the biggest external drive I can use with 32-bit
PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:03 am 
Sharptooth
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I'm a little fuzzy as to what point in the process I get to choose my sector size in XP, and it's not like I have a spare drive laying around to play with.

I'm pretty sure I want to go with 4TB on the next drive, given how fast 2TB filled up. I understand that the larger my sector size, the more storage space I'll lose due to "waste."


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 Post subject: Re: What is the biggest external drive I can use with 32-bit
PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:09 am 
Smithfield
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If you're doing the right click -> Format option, there's a pull down menu where you can select the sector size. It's usually default. If you're feeling saucy, get familiar with the DiskPart command line utility.


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