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3TB Drive

Posted by: martinl | January 23, 2013 |

My colleague wanted to by a high capacity external drive for a user and asked me if there were any compatibility issues. I looked up Google and found that there were several limitations,

  1. On Windows, booting from 3TB drive requires UEFI bios as well as 64-bit Vista or higher. Disk has to be formatted in GPT.
  2. As auxiliary drive, still need to format in GPT to make a 3TB volume, MBR supports up to 2.2TB per volume only.
  3. You can have a 3TB volume in a USB box as the SATA-to-USB bridge chip inside the enclosure takes care of any addressing issues. Though, not all enclosures support 3TB disk.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/235088/everything_you_need_to_know_about_3TB_hard_drives.html

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