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Can my laptop support a 4TB external HD?

 
Perfectly ­ Frank
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Apr 16, 2016 13:32 |  #1

I have a Dell XPS L502x laptop (about 3 to 4 years old).
I'd like to connect an external 4TB hard drive using a docking station and USB port.

I read somewhere on the net that the laptop's hard drive controller must be able to support
a 4TB drive, or else it can't be used. I've been searching the net to see if this 4TB HD is
compatible with my laptop, but can't find an answer.

Also, is a hard drive controller software or hardware? If s.w. maybe it can be upgraded.

BTW, here's the HD I have in mind. It seems to get pretty good reviews, and the price is right.

http://www.frys.com ...te=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_R​SLT_PG (external link)


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Apr 16, 2016 13:48 |  #2

Heya,

You should be able to by using GPT instead of MBR. I use a 4TB external on an even older machine just fine, with Windows 7. I simply went to Disk Manager (Admin Tools) and selected the volume, deleted the volume, changed the format to GPT so that it can go beyond 2TB, and reformatted it with a new volume in that container. It reads as a 4TB drive no problem. Did the same thing with a 4TB internal too.

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Apr 16, 2016 14:03 |  #3

MalVeauX wrote in post #17973873 (external link)
Heya,

You should be able to by using GPT instead of MBR. I use a 4TB external on an even older machine just fine, with Windows 7. I simply went to Disk Manager (Admin Tools) and selected the volume, deleted the volume, changed the format to GPT so that it can go beyond 2TB, and reformatted it with a new volume in that container. It reads as a 4TB drive no problem. Did the same thing with a 4TB internal too.

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Great, thanks for the info!


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Apr 16, 2016 15:28 |  #4

Interesting...I just noticed this feature listed for the HD...

HGST GPT Disk Manager to overcome the 2.2 TB limitation of Windows systems


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Apr 25, 2016 19:37 |  #5

What you do is somewhat dependent on the O/S. See https://support.micros​oft.com/en-us/kb/2581408 (external link)




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May 11, 2016 18:23 |  #6

Why not get an external 4TB instead of risking it and having to return it?
Even if the ext doesnt work with old USB, when you get a new laptop it sure will anyway.




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John ­ from ­ PA
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May 12, 2016 06:02 |  #7

Gomar wrote in post #18003990 (external link)
Why not get an external 4TB instead of risking it and having to return it?

OP already stated

Perfectly Frank wrote in post #17973866 (external link)
I'd like to connect an external 4TB hard drive using a docking station and USB port.




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