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XP won't recognize entire drive

I attached a Lacie Big Disk Quadra 3 TB external hard drive to my XP system. XP only recognizes it as 746 GB. I tried disk management and DISKPART. Not sure why it won't see the entire drive.

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  • Hari Saryono
    Hari Saryono May 11, 2010

    is your BIOS recognize the full drive as 3 TB? if not, the problem is on your Motherboard bios. But i suggest to upgrade your service pack to 3

  • ikkenom May 11, 2010

    Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Storage -> Disk Management (local)



    Does it show the entire size?



    Or, since 3TB is greater than 2**32, what it may be showing is the amount ('764GB') by which the size of the disk exceeds 2TB.



    (2TB + 764GB) when measured in units of Kb (1024 bytes) is approximately 3 * 10 ** N, when report in units of thousands (1000) of bytes.



    If you use DISKPART to partition the drive into two equal-size partitions, do you get 1.38 TB per partition?

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SOURCE: Lacie Big Disk Quadra 3TB won't work with xp-32bit

One way around is to install Mac Drive on your system. First you format your hdd in HFS+ on a mac platform, with any size you want.Then, after you installed Mac drive on your PC, it will work.

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