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I just bought this LaCie BigDisk Quadra 3TB and I'm having trouble having Windows XP 32bit detect it. It shows up fine under Hardware Disk Drive in system properties but I can't seem to get Disk Management to see it.
I tried using EASEUS Partition Master, which sees the drive as unallocated but when I tried to partition it, I always get this error: Unable to update system.

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Win XP will not be able to recognize whole 3TB storage drive. You need to use some kind of 3rd party utility and then partition it and format as well.. AS a note win xp size is limited up to 80-100 GB.

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