02-08-2012 05:50 AM
I just bought a 3 TB caviar green internal drive. The motherboard bios sees it as a 3000GB drive, no problem. Windows sees only 800GB. What can I do to fix this?
02-08-2012 06:04 AM
why do you bought 3TB for such an old system ? :/
i think windows xp doesnt support more than 2.2 TB with one partition
lets wait for more anwsers, maybe im wrong
02-08-2012 10:16 AM
I can't get xp to see that the physical drive is larger than 800gb. I would be happy if I could partition the drive into a pair of 1.5 tb logical drives.
02-08-2012 12:20 PM - edited 02-08-2012 12:21 PM
32 bit XP does not support drives larger than 2T. There is a format tool for external drives that make the larger drives work on XP. I don't know if they have something similar for the internal drives. See if this helps http://hothardware.com/Articles/WDs-1TB-Caviar-Gre
02-08-2012 01:24 PM
Yes, but...Why can't I partition the physical drive into two smaller logical drives. Or for that matter three 1TB partitions! My problem is that I can't get windows to "see" all that extra space and create those extended partitions.
02-08-2012 07:47 PM - edited 02-08-2012 07:56 PM
A great guy that posts here fzabkar sent me a PM with a couple of links that might help I'll paste it in
I am aware of two ways in which other HDD manufacturers circumvent the 2TiB limit of Windows XP.
Seagate uses DiscWizard, an OEM version of Acronis Disk Director, to emulate two physical drives, 2TB plus http://www.zdnet.co.uk/reviews/storage-peripherals
02-10-2012 08:58 AM
Windows XP 32-bit doesn't support hard drives greater than 2.17TB. But more importantly, it's almost certain that your BIOS and SATA controller don't support larger drives as well.
You get get a compatible HBA (host bus adapter) that might allow you to partition some of the drive, but the MBR partition scheme can only address 2.17TB and Windows XP 32-bit will refuse to recognize GPT-partitioned drives. In addition, your BIOS probably can't boot a > 2.17TB drive. Usually UEFI motherboards are required for that.
The best thing about computers is that nothing's impossible, and there are certainly ways to work around the issue you're facing, but you are looking at an uphill battle here.
You're better off with Windows Vista, 7, or Linux if you want to use an internal drive larger than 2.17TB, but Windows XP 64-bit edition is the oldest version that's designed for these larger drives.