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Old 03-13-2017, 08:01 PM   #1
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2TB WD passport USB drive and WinXP

Opinions/Advice/Solution needed. I ordered a 2TB WD "Passport" backup drive for a computer running WinXP. I must have still been under anesthesia thinking, 1) XP would recognize such a large hard drive, AND . . . 2) that this 2TB passport would NOT come GPT formatted which XP also does not recognize. At this point upgrading the PC to Win7 or Win 10 is not an option. I need to backup all current data on the XP's 500GB drive as well as an already full WD500GB "MY Book" external hard drive. I'm thinking I have to remove the GPT type format (if XP is going to recognize it) and most likely that will mean 4 separate logical 500GB NTFS partitions or no? Can I leave this passport intact at 2TB and reformat it to NTFS or at least separate logical 1TB partitioned NTFS drives? Any input will be highly appreciated Thanks Chris
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Old 03-13-2017, 09:10 PM   #2
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You don't need GPT for a 2 tb drive, you may be able to format as a 2 tb mbr drive, haven't used winXP since Vista was released, if it's recognized you should be able to at least format it as two 1tb drives. You only require GPT for drives over 2tb.
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Old 03-14-2017, 12:10 AM   #3
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thanks pommie, going to try to reformat to ntfs that should work
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Old 03-14-2017, 05:45 PM   #4
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Time to move to a better OS and a ssd drive for the OS, if that's not the case I hope the OS works for you.
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Old 03-15-2017, 03:25 AM   #5
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I'm trying to convince user he has SQUEEZED just about all he's going to get out of WinXP, and at least move up to Win7! Thanks once more as i will pass your recommendation on!
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Old 03-15-2017, 11:30 AM   #6
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If your system will not recognize any of the partitions to format it on XP. Make a Live Distro USB of say Ubuntu for simplicity and use gparted with the NTFS plugins to format the drives as needed. This will leave your OS intact, give you a easy to use linux distro to do whatever you desire fully housed on a USB, and allow you to modify anything beyond your OS current capabilities. All you need to be able to do is boot from USB.


Option # 2 - Stop being cheap and drop that XP like its a chick trying to use you for rebound but wont put out.

Option # 3 - Use a friends computer to partition.
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