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Does Windows 7 cap the size of a hard drive?

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by Disney Addicted, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. Disney Addicted

    Disney Addicted DIS Veteran

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    Before I purchase an external hard drive, I have a question.

    A few years ago Windows had limits on how much hard drive space it would recoganize. Does it anymore? I would like to purchase a 3 TB hard drive but need to find out if Windows 7 will recoganize it.
     
  2. mcorbo

    mcorbo <font color=CC3300>Just tag me the DUH Master...

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    It's not as simple as windows recognizing it, any drive greater than 2tb can be used as a data drive, but not a boot drive in Windows 7. In order to use a drive greater than 2TB as a boot drive, you would need to have the 64 bit version of windows 7 and a motherboard and bios that support it. There is much more information here:

    http://www.hgst.com/tech/techlib.nsf/techdocs/869E4925CC72E233862577E100235119/$file/Deskstar_3TB_FAQ_finalwebv2.pdf
     
  3. Disney Addicted

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    Thank you mcorbo. I want to use it purely as a data drive. I'll take a look at the article you linked.
     
  4. jedijill

    jedijill <font color=red>Chiefs fan living in Bronco countr

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    You should be fine. I run a Drobo drive as an external HD with a capacity of 7TB and Windows 7 has no issues with it.

    Jill in CO
     

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