Reformat Apricorn ADT-3PL256-3000 Aegis Desktop 3TB
Actually, the drive is probably compatible with Windows XP under the proper conditions. First, you probably need to install software that either came with the drive or that can be downloaded from the manufacturer's website that allows Windows XP to see the full size of the drive or you need to get a 64-bit version of Windows XP (called Windows XP x64) to get around the limitation of a 32-bit operating system such as Windows XP Home and Windows XP Professional both are. Once you have taken care of this, you should be able to see the full size of that 3TB drive. Another option, of course, is to modernize and get a 64-bit copy of Windows 7 (whether Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate). I do not recommend Windows 8, however, as it has a number of compatibility issues with both older hardware and various programs, not to mention the fact that the interface is a real mess to try to use.
Also, be aware that a 3TB drive will not actually show up as 3TB to the computer. The reason being that hard drive manufacturers have taken to using base-10 numbers to size their drives rather than using base-2 numbers as has traditionally been done. Thus, a 3TB drive will have 3 trillion bytes of storage available but a 3TB drive actually formats to only 2.72TB according to the way the computer reads it because there are actually 1,099,511,627,776 bytes per terabyte rather than just 1,000,000,000,000.
Sep 29, 2014 |
Computers & Internet