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Which file system for a 3TB hard drive?

Windows only seems to allow formatting in NTFS and exFAT.

I've heard NTFS only supports up to 2TB hard drives.

Should I use exFAT?
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  1. I don't think Windows has anything to do with that. I think you will need a motherboard with at least a Z68 Chipset in order to "Unlock" it to support a driver greater than 2Tb.
  2. coastie65 said:
    I don't think Windows has anything to do with that. I think you will need a motherboard with at least a Z68 Chipset in order to "Unlock" it to support a driver greater than 2Tb.

    I have an ASRock H77M motherboard and by using the ASRock 3TB+ Unlocker Utility, Windows detects the full size just fine :)
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    King Mustard said:
    coastie65 said:
    I don't think Windows has anything to do with that. I think you will need a motherboard with at least a Z68 Chipset in order to "Unlock" it to support a driver greater than 2Tb.

    I have an ASRock H77M motherboard and by using the ASRock 3TB+ Unlocker Utility, Windows detects the full size just fine :)


    Okay, didn't know if they had the unlocker on that. You should be fine with NTFS.
  4. It's not an NTFS limitation, it's a limitation of the MBR partitioning scheme. You can format the disk to much higher capacities with GPT.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GUID_Partition_Table
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